Prince Harry has appeared in a video in his first appearance following a row over his baby daughter’s name.
The Duke of Sussex posted a video on Instagram, telling people ‘big things are coming’ as part of an announcement that Germany is set to host the Invictus Games from September 9, 2023.
It comes after he and wife Meghan Markle denied a BBC story claiming they named their daughter after the Queen without asking her first.
The couple named their daughter ‘Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor’ after her great-grandma’s family nickname.
The Queen’s dad gave her the affectionate name ‘Lilibet’ when she was a young girl who struggled to pronounce ‘Elizabeth’.
Later on, Prince Philip also used the nickname – so much so that the Queen signed the card she left on his coffin with ‘Lilibet’.
Harry reportedly spoke to his grandma about the name before the Sussexes announced the birth of their daughter on June 4.
But then the BBC published an article quoting palace aides who claimed the Queen was not consulted about naming her eleventh grandchild after her.
The Sussexes had to pause their parental leave to hit back at the BBC, insisting they did speak to the Queen.
A spokesperson for the couple previously said: ‘The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement – in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called.
‘During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.’
Despite being preoccupied with this row on top of caring for a newborn baby, Harry went ahead and revealed Dusseldorf as the city where wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women will compete in the international sporting event.
The video, posted on the Invictus Games 2023 Instagram account, starts with Harry speaking to a selfie camera saying: ‘It’s time to spread the news. Something big is coming to Germany.’
Then inspiring footage shows a man running through Dusseldorf and entering a stadium.
The Invictus Games is one of Harry’s passion projects set up to help people use sport to recover, both physically and psychologically, from injuries and illnesses.
He created the event after attending the Warrior Games in the US in 2013 and witnessed how sport helped people to heal.
Although Harry made the time for his Invictus Games announcement, he and Meghan have both taken a five-month break from work to take care of Lilibet.
The couple are yet to share a photograph of their new daughter.
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