Nigerians praised for ‘genius’ message to King Charles during Harry and Meghan’s tour

Nigerians praised for ‘genius’ message to King Charles during Harry and Meghan’s tour
Nigerians praised for ‘genius’ message to King Charles during Harry and Meghan’s …
Gabrielle Wilde

By Gabrielle Wilde

Published: 22/05/2024

- 17:34

Harry and Meghan stood up for the national anthem whilst they visited Nigeria

The people of Nigeria have been praised by GB News host Nana Akua for their "genius" message to King Charles during Harry and Meghan's tour of the country.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Nigeria to promote the Invictus Games and during the trip, they met injured servicemen and took part in fundraising events.

At a reception to honour military families, the British national anthem was played out and the pair stood up to pay their respects but did not appear to sing along.

Speaking about the moment on GBN America with Nana Akua, royal commentator Angela Levin said: "They were both standing up. They didn't move, they didn't even blink and they didn't actually sing a word.

Harry and MeghanHarry and Meghan recently undertook a three-day tour of NigeriaReuters

"They obviously had to do it because the people wanted to do that out of respect for the King and the family.

"They couldn't say no because that would have created a lot of publicity. So they're quiet but they obviously hated it. I thought Harry would explode with anger and bitterness, to be honest."


GBNA host Nana Akua said: "I don't think that they were told that that was going to happen. I think the Nigerians are very clever. Of course they are.

"They're not stupid. They've seen what's been going on and they've watched the way Meghan has treated her own family and the Royal Family and Harry as well.

"She's been complicit all in all of this. And that doesn't look good. It doesn't matter what side you're on or what you think, it's not a good look."

Levin said: "I don't think that they wanted to trip them up and do that. I think that they just put it in and thought it would be fine."

Angela Levin

Angela Levin disagreed with Nana

GB News

Nana defended her point and added: "I'm sorry, but I think they put that in as a stroke of genius because it's a message to the King to say we've we're allowing them to be here, but that doesn't mean that we agree in their behaviour."

She added: "I don't think they knew, just the way they stood up. They looked like they were wrongfooted."

Nigeria’s chief of defence staff invited the couple to the country – marking their first overseas tour since stepping down as senior royals in 2020.

Harry and Meghan have hinted that their trip to Nigeria was not an isolated event, suggesting more such tours are being planned.

Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan hinted this is not an isolated trip


The Duke of Sussex told People: “It is hugely important for us to meet directly with people, supporting our causes and listening, in order to bring about solutions, support and positive change.

“There’s only so much one can do from home and over Zoom, so we look forward to travelling more because the work matters.

“Whether it’s the Archewell Foundation, Invictus, or any of our other causes, there will always be reasons to meet the people at the heart of our work.”

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