Meghan Markle and Prince Harry compete in game of table tennis in Invictus Games trailer

Sussex vs Sussex! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry compete in game of table tennis as Duchess makes surprise appearance in Invictus Games trailer

  • Trailer has been released to promote tickets for opening and closing ceremonies
  • 2023 Invictus Games will include table tennis for the first time in its history
  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry competed in a game to promote the event

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry competed in a friendly game of table tennis as the Duchess made a surprise appearance in a trailer for the Invictus Games.

The 80-second video features athletes who will be competing in the upcoming sporting event, which will be held in Dusseldorf in September 2023.

To promote tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies going on sale today, the Invictus Games’ social media team shared the video on Twitter – where it was promptly reposted by Finding Freedom co-writer Omid Scobie.

The moody black-and-white clip opens with a view of an unused table tennis table in an empty stadium.

Highlighting how the sport is being been introduced into the event for the first time next year, the video then showed male, female and disabled players competing in several back-to-back games.

The Duke of Sussex then appears half-way through the trailer in a game against a blonde-haired player.

As she goes to pick up the ball, the father-of-two is seen giving her an encouraging nod and smile.

He then proceeds to crouch down slightly for the camera as he prepares for her next serve.

After he fails to return her quick serve, the Prince cracks a smile, nods and walks back towards the entrance of the stadium to allow another player to take his spot.

Prince Harry appeared in the new trailer for the Invictus Games today. The Duke of Sussex was filmed playing two games of table tennis

Prince Harry appeared in the new trailer for the Invictus Games today. The Duke of Sussex was filmed playing two games of table tennis

The Duchess of Sussex appeared right at the end of the video as she competed against her husband. The mother-of-two gave Harry an encouraging smile and nod

The Duchess of Sussex appeared right at the end of the video as she competed against her husband. The mother-of-two gave Harry an encouraging smile and nod

Prince Harry was impressed by a player's fast serve and left the stadium towards the end of the 80-second trailer

Prince Harry was impressed by a player’s fast serve and left the stadium towards the end of the 80-second trailer

Prince Harry was struck out of the table tennis game by this blonde player

Prince Harry was struck out of the table tennis game by this blonde player

The Duke of Sussex gave another player an encouraging handshake as he pointed him in the direction of the table tennis table

The Duke of Sussex gave another player an encouraging handshake as he pointed him in the direction of the table tennis table

The Invictus Games founder gives the male player an encouraging handshake and points him in the right direction before leaving the stadium.

The tagline ‘Be Part of It’ then appears on screen – however, the Duchess of Sussex also made a surprise appearance right before the trailer draws to a close.

The video then quickly pans to a woman picking up a table tennis racket.

Across the table, Prince Harry smiles lovingly at his opponent before the camera zooms in on Meghan.

The Duchess – who is dressed casually in a dark V-neck jacket and has her hair tied up in a bun – gives her husband a quick nod to indicate that she’s ready for him to play.

Sharing the clip of the couple, Omid Scobie wrote: ‘Harry and Meghan make an appearance in the latest promo video for next year’s Invictus Games.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Dusseldorf in September 2023 at the One Year to Go launch event

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured in Dusseldorf in September 2023 at the One Year to Go launch event

‘Tickets for the InvictusGames opening and closing ceremonies have just been released.’ 

Tickets for the opening ceremony start from just €33 and the majority of seats at the Merkur Spiel-Arena have appeared to have already sold out.

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