REBECCA ENGLISH: On the anniversary of the Queen's death, her warring grandsons are still 100 miles apart

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  • Princes William and Harry were less than 100 miles from each other yesterday
  • The pair have no plans to meet before Harry heads to Germany tomorrow

Princes William and Harry are spending the first anniversary of their grandmother’s death in the same country – but still couldn’t be farther apart.

Yesterday the brothers were less than 100 miles from each other, undertaking public engagements, but have no plans to meet before Harry heads to Germany tomorrow.

Amid the poignancy of the occasion, their continuing rift is a sad reminder of the pain Harry’s actions caused Queen Elizabeth in the latter years of her life. Her death is being marked with an unprecedented tribute from King Charles to the family’s much-loved matriarch, who passed away at Balmoral exactly a year ago at the age of 96 after 70 impeccable years of public service.

Harry, 38, made the whirlwind trip to the UK minus his wife and children and without seeing any of his immediate family, including his father who is in Scotland. He attended an awards ceremony on behalf of WellChild, a charity supporting terminally ill youngsters and their families.

It is one of the few organisations in the UK he retained links with after acrimoniously quitting as a working royal in 2020. In a speech at the ceremony the duke reflected on the events of 12 months ago when he was forced to miss the awards as he rushed to Balmoral but arrived too late to say his goodbyes. 

Princes William and Harry are spending the first anniversary of their grandmother's death in the same country ¿ but still couldn't be farther apart. Harry returned to Britain on Thursday for the first time in three months to attend a charity awards ceremony in London

Princes William and Harry are spending the first anniversary of their grandmother’s death in the same country – but still couldn’t be farther apart. Harry returned to Britain on Thursday for the first time in three months to attend a charity awards ceremony in London

Visiting a Pret A Manger branch in Bournemouth, Prince William encountered former England football star Paul Gascoigne (pictured together)

Visiting a Pret A Manger branch in Bournemouth, Prince William encountered former England football star Paul Gascoigne (pictured together)

Amid the poignancy of the occasion, their continuing rift is a sad reminder of the pain Harry's actions caused Queen Elizabeth in the latter years of her life. Her death is being marked with an unprecedented tribute from King Charles to the family's much-loved matriarch, who passed away at Balmoral exactly a year ago at the age of 96 after 70 impeccable years of public service. Pictured: The late Queen two days before her death

Amid the poignancy of the occasion, their continuing rift is a sad reminder of the pain Harry’s actions caused Queen Elizabeth in the latter years of her life. Her death is being marked with an unprecedented tribute from King Charles to the family’s much-loved matriarch, who passed away at Balmoral exactly a year ago at the age of 96 after 70 impeccable years of public service. Pictured: The late Queen two days before her death

The WellChild awards were held at The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London

The WellChild awards were held at The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London

The Duke of Sussex speaks to and hi-fives Violet Seymour during the annual WellChild Awards 2023 at the Hurlingham Club

The Duke of Sussex speaks to and hi-fives Violet Seymour during the annual WellChild Awards 2023 at the Hurlingham Club

The Duke of Sussex is given an ice hockey shirt by Blake McCaughey during the annual WellChild Awards

The Duke of Sussex is given an ice hockey shirt by Blake McCaughey during the annual WellChild Awards

Prince Harry speaks to George Hall and his mother Hollie Pearson at the awards ceremony

Prince Harry speaks to George Hall and his mother Hollie Pearson at the awards ceremony

Seven-year-old Poppy Higham, from Runcorn, danced to music by Ed Sheeran in front of Harry, to which he gave warm applause

Seven-year-old Poppy Higham, from Runcorn, danced to music by Ed Sheeran in front of Harry, to which he gave warm applause 

Harry said: ‘I know, exactly one year on, she is looking down on all of us tonight, happy we’re together continuing to spotlight such an incredible community.’

He will fly on to Dusseldorf to attend the Invictus Games for injured service personnel, which he helped to found, and where he will be joined by wife Meghan next week.

Although, following a visit to Bournemouth, William was back at Windsor by the evening it is understood he has no plans to see his estranged brother on his whistlestop visit to the UK.

The prince has other plans in the diary for today – he and his wife Kate will be in Wales to mark the passing of the Queen – and relations are as strained as ever, with the two men not having spoken for many months. It is not clear where in the UK Harry was staying.

William is known to feel deeply betrayed by Harry’s repeated attacks on the family, his tell-all memoir and his Netflix series and angry at the strain it caused their grandmother.

But if he was feeling unsettled by his estranged brother being in the same country again, William wasn’t showing it yesterday. He was out and about highlighting his new campaign to end the scourge of homelessness – with an unexpectedly hilarious cameo from another familiar headline-grabber thrown in for good measure.

Prince William speaks with Paul Gascoigne at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William speaks with Paul Gascoigne at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William speaks to Pret chief executive Pano Christou in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon, 100 miles away from the WellChild Awards

Prince William speaks to Pret chief executive Pano Christou in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon, 100 miles away from the WellChild Awards

Prince William is mobbed by crowds as he leaves Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William is mobbed by crowds as he leaves Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William learns about the production process at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

Prince William learns about the production process at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

The Prince of Wales visits the Pret A Manger branch in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon

The Prince of Wales visits the Pret A Manger branch in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon

William learns about the production process at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

William learns about the production process at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

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Visiting a Pret A Manger branch in Bournemouth, the prince encountered former England football star Paul Gascoigne, who couldn’t resist planting a cheeky kiss on his cheek.

The meeting was completely unplanned – and not a little bizarre.

Gateshead-born Gazza, 56, now lives on the Dorset coast and spotted a huge crowd gathering outside the sandwich shop waiting to catch a glimpse of the royal. So the former international decided to wander in and see what the fuss was all about.

William, 41, looked surprised as he walked out of the shop’s kitchen – where he had been helping to prepare a batch of snacks – but warmly greeted ‘Gazza’, who he has met several times before. And he asked how he was after his well-documented battles with alcohol and mental health issues, both of which have featured heavily in the royal’s work.

‘Yeah, a lot better. I’m getting there,’ Gascoigne replied, looking touched and in better health than he has done in many years. ‘You all right?’ he added as he shook the prince’s hand.

As William placed his arm on the football legend’s shoulder encouragingly, Gascoigne then suddenly bent forwards and placed a kiss on the royal’s cheek.

The former Spurs and Rangers footballer explained afterward: ‘I’ve met him a couple of times and met him at Wembley (Euro 2020 semi finals), he loves his football, I climbed over a few chairs to talk to him and gave him a peck on the cheek.

Prince William speaks with staff preparing sandwiches at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

Prince William speaks with staff preparing sandwiches at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

The Prince of Wales meets members of the public outside Pret in Bournemouth on Thursday

The Prince of Wales meets members of the public outside Pret in Bournemouth on Thursday

The Prince of Wales speaks to Pret staff during a visit to a branch in Bournemouth

The Prince of Wales speaks to Pret staff during a visit to a branch in Bournemouth

Prince William learns about the production process at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

Prince William learns about the production process at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

The Prince of Wales laughs with Pret employees at the branch in Bournemouth

The Prince of Wales laughs with Pret employees at the branch in Bournemouth

Prince William speaks to Pret chief executive Pano Christou in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William speaks to Pret chief executive Pano Christou in Bournemouth on Thursday

The Prince of Wales greets Pret employees at the branch in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon

The Prince of Wales greets Pret employees at the branch in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon

Prince William speaks with Pret boss Pano Christou (left) and 'Homewards Advocate' Steven Bartlett (right) in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William speaks with Pret boss Pano Christou (left) and ‘Homewards Advocate’ Steven Bartlett (right) in Bournemouth on Thursday

‘I came past Pret and someone said William was there so I saw him and gave another peck on the cheek.

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‘He said he has been watching us from afar. I help the homeless here in Bournemouth.’

William was making a visit to the sandwich shop as part of Homewards, his five-year project to end homelessness in six key locations around the UK including Bournemouth.

It was a low-key arrival – jumping on a South Western Railway train to the seaside town at nondescript Woking station in Surrey with a tiny entourage.

Pret is one of a number of companies to have committed to supporting William’s initiative, announcing it will find work for 750 people living rough or under threat of homelessness over the same five-year period.

Accompanied by Dragons’ Den star Steven Bartlett, who is a Homewards ambassador, William helped in the kitchen, placing stickers on freshly-made sandwiches and baguettes.

Word got round that the royal was in town, however, and when he emerged from the preparation area he was mobbed by hundreds of people who had packed into the shop.

The prince also tried his hand at being a barista at the shop’s coffee machine – amusingly wearing a personalised badge with his name on it.

But by now the store had become so swamped with well-wishers trying to get selfies or shake his hand that William was eventually ushered out of the door, and through another large crowd all jostling to grab a picture of him. 

The Duke of Sussex has said his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II "is looking down on all of us" as he spoke at the charity awards event on the eve of the anniversary of her death

The Duke of Sussex has said his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II ‘is looking down on all of us’ as he spoke at the charity awards event on the eve of the anniversary of her death

The Duke of Sussex presents the Inspirational Child 4-6 award to Violet Seymour on stage

The Duke of Sussex presents the Inspirational Child 4-6 award to Violet Seymour on stage

The Duke of Sussex and host Gaby Roslin pose for a group photo with award winners (L-R) Violet Seymour, Poppy Higham, Ruky Anighoro, George Hall, Blake McCaughey and Hayley Cassin on stage, during the annual WellChild Awards

The Duke of Sussex and host Gaby Roslin pose for a group photo with award winners (L-R) Violet Seymour, Poppy Higham, Ruky Anighoro, George Hall, Blake McCaughey and Hayley Cassin on stage, during the annual WellChild Awards

He has been WellChild's patron for 15 years and regularly attends its annual awards ceremony, but the Duchess of Sussex, a guest at past events, did not join him

He has been WellChild’s patron for 15 years and regularly attends its annual awards ceremony, but the Duchess of Sussex, a guest at past events, did not join him

The Duke of Sussex speaks with Blake McCaughey (left) and Hayley Cassin on stage, during the annual WellChild Awards 2023, at the Hurlingham Club in London

The Duke of Sussex speaks with Blake McCaughey (left) and Hayley Cassin on stage, during the annual WellChild Awards 2023, at the Hurlingham Club in London

Prince Harry smiles with Craig Hatch, Chairman of WellChild, as he arrives to attend the WellChild Awards ceremony in London

Prince Harry smiles with Craig Hatch, Chairman of WellChild, as he arrives to attend the WellChild Awards ceremony in London

Harry speaks to George Hall and his mother Hollie Pearson during the WellChild Awards 2023

Harry speaks to George Hall and his mother Hollie Pearson during the WellChild Awards 2023

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Harry laughed, joked and comforted seriously ill children yesterday in a bitter-sweet reminder of the Harry of old.

The Duke of Sussex was at his personable best in London as he met winners of the WellChild Awards – a charity he has been patron of for 15 years and stayed with after his acrimonious departure from the Royal Family.

Harry flew in for the engagement from his home in California, making his first appearance in the UK since June.

But despite the long flight, the duke cut a relaxed figure as he sat with the youngsters and their families during a pre-ceremony reception at The Hurlingham Club in south-west London.

It was as Harry prepared for the awards this time last year that news began filtering through that his grandmother was seriously ill before passing away hours later. The duke took a flight to Scotland but landed too late to see the Queen before she took her last breath.

‘As you know, I was unable to attend the awards last year as my grandmother passed away,’ he told the audience.

‘As you also probably know, she would have been the first person to insist that I still come to be with you all instead of going to her. 

‘And that’s precisely why I know, exactly one year on, she is looking down on all of us tonight, happy we’re together continuing to spotlight such an incredible community.’

Prince William meets members of the public outside Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

Prince William meets members of the public outside Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

William talks with Pret chief executive Pano Christou during a visit to Pret A Manger

William talks with Pret chief executive Pano Christou during a visit to Pret A Manger

Prince William meets members of the public outside Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

Prince William meets members of the public outside Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

Prince William learns about the sandwich-making process at the Pret in Bournemouth

Prince William learns about the sandwich-making process at the Pret in Bournemouth

Prince William meets members of the public outside Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

Prince William meets members of the public outside Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

Prince William laughs with Pret chief executive Pano Christou in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William laughs with Pret chief executive Pano Christou in Bournemouth on Thursday 

Prince William speaks with Pret boss Pano Christou (left) and 'Homewards Advocate' Steven Bartlett (right) in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William speaks with Pret boss Pano Christou (left) and ‘Homewards Advocate’ Steven Bartlett (right) in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William meets members of the public at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William meets members of the public at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William meets members of the public outside Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

Prince William meets members of the public outside Pret A Manger in Bournemouth

The Prince of Wales greets Pret employees at the branch in Bournemouth on Thursday

The Prince of Wales greets Pret employees at the branch in Bournemouth on Thursday

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He chatted with award winners about their interests and hobbies, joking around with helium-filled balloons and watching with delight as a little girl, Poppy Higham, danced for him excitedly in a full-length blue dress.

The seven-year-old from Runcorn, Cheshire, danced to music by Ed Sheeran as the royal applauded warmly. 

The father of two then played around with a giraffe balloon and showed Poppy its rotating head, prompting the youngster to pick it up and play with it.

Poppy, who cares for her 17-year-old sister Paige, said she enjoyed speaking to Harry about ‘my dancing, Disney and the awards’.

Her father, Daniel Higham, said: ‘We’re so proud of it [the award] – it’s amazing. She just makes our life a lot easier sometimes when it’s not going right, she just gets on with it. I think she just takes it in her stride.’

The prince also fist-bumped two of the boys receiving Inspirational Young Person awards – George Hall, 11, from Skipton, North Yorkshire, and Blake McCaughey, 15, from Tandragee in County Armagh.

Blake and his family gave Harry a green Belfast Giants ice hockey shirt, personalised with the duke’s name on the back.

The Duke appeared in good spirits upon his arrival to the UK on Thursday

The Duke appeared in good spirits upon his arrival to the UK on Thursday

Meanwhile King Charles III was seen driving in Scotland on Thursday near to Balmoral Castle

Meanwhile King Charles III was seen driving in Scotland on Thursday near to Balmoral Castle

Prince Harry has been WellChild's patron for 15 years and regularly attends its annual awards ceremony. He is pictured at the event on Thursday evening

Prince Harry has been WellChild’s patron for 15 years and regularly attends its annual awards ceremony. He is pictured at the event on Thursday evening

Charlotte Hawkins attends the 2023 WellChild Awards at The Hurlingham Club on Thursday

Charlotte Hawkins attends the 2023 WellChild Awards at The Hurlingham Club on Thursday

Seema Jaswal arrives for the annual WellChild Awards 2023 at the Hurlingham Club in London

Seema Jaswal arrives for the annual WellChild Awards 2023 at the Hurlingham Club in London

The Duke of Sussex embraces Hayley Cassin on stage, during the annual WellChild Awards

The Duke of Sussex embraces Hayley Cassin on stage, during the annual WellChild Awards

The Duke of Sussex poses with seven-year-old Poppy Higham for a selfie during the annual WellChild Awards on Thursday

The Duke of Sussex poses with seven-year-old Poppy Higham for a selfie during the annual WellChild Awards on Thursday

Later, while presenting the award, he told the audience that more work needs to be done for children with complex medical needs to ensure they spend less time in hospital.

Addressing the award winners, Harry said: ‘As a father of two – and three dogs, so basically five – I’m acutely aware of the many joys and challenges that come with parenting. And that’s with kids who aren’t facing health challenges. So, to the parent carers in the room, you have my sincerest admiration and respect.

‘You are proof that not all superheroes wear capes!’

WellChild supports children and their families with challenging medical issues across the UK and hosts an annual awards ceremony to recognise their incredible bravery. It was one of the first patronages the prince took on as a working royal. 

In 2019 he publicly broke down and had to compose himself on stage as he recalled how much his own life had changed since becoming a father and how the stories of the children touched him in a way he couldn’t begin to understand until having a child of his own.

The Duchess of Sussex did not accompany Harry on his trip to the UK but is expected to join him next week at the Invictus Games, the duke’s tournament for injured veterans, being held in Germany.

Prince Harry arrives on the red carpet on Thursday ahead of the night of celebrations

Prince Harry arrives on the red carpet on Thursday ahead of the night of celebrations

Harry is in London briefly ahead of the Invictus Games in Germany. The Duke of Sussex is pictured at the WellChild Awards on Thursday

Harry is in London briefly ahead of the Invictus Games in Germany. The Duke of Sussex is pictured at the WellChild Awards on Thursday

Natalie Rushdie attends the 2023 WellChild Awards at The Hurlingham Club

Natalie Rushdie attends the 2023 WellChild Awards at The Hurlingham Club

Ed Chamberlin arrives for the annual WellChild Awards 2023 at the Hurlingham Club in London

Ed Chamberlin arrives for the annual WellChild Awards 2023 at the Hurlingham Club in London

Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan arrives to attend the WellChild Awards ceremony

Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan arrives to attend the WellChild Awards ceremony

Dick McCourt and Dominic Wood attend the 2023 WellChild Awards at The Hurlingham Club

Dick McCourt and Dominic Wood attend the 2023 WellChild Awards at The Hurlingham Club

Nadine Coyle attends the 2023 WellChild Awards at The Hurlingham Club on Thursday

Nadine Coyle attends the 2023 WellChild Awards at The Hurlingham Club on Thursday

Charlotte Hawkins attends the 2023 WellChild Awards at The Hurlingham Club on Thursday

Charlotte Hawkins attends the 2023 WellChild Awards at The Hurlingham Club on Thursday

James Cracknall and wife Jordan Connell arrive for the annual WellChild Awards 2023 at the Hurlingham Club in London on Thursday

James Cracknall and wife Jordan Connell arrive for the annual WellChild Awards 2023 at the Hurlingham Club in London on Thursday

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The King and Queen Camilla are not expected to attend any public engagements this week as they remember the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

The pair will instead mark the anniversary privately their Scottish retreat, where they are spending their traditional summer break.

It is thought that William has not had any contact with his younger brother since Harry released his autobiography Spare in January, in which he accused his older brother of pushing him to the ground, causing Harry to fall on a dog bowl.

Harry has handed back the keys to his Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor and it is unclear whether his family would offer him any other accommodation during his stay.

Harry also appeared to again criticise his family last month in his new Netflix series about the Invictus Games.

In an interview as part of the Heart of Invictus series, the Duke said that he had ‘no support structure’ to help him cope with his mental health issues stemming from his time in Afghanistan and the death of his mother Princess Diana.

Then on Monday night, Meghan was photographed at a Beyoncé concert in Los Angeles with actress Kerry Washington and singer Kelly Rowland as her relaunch continues. 

On Sunday, Harry had been seen sitting in a box at the Los Angeles FC stadium next to the couple’s Hollywood venture capitalist friend Adam Lilling who is thought to be helping the Sussexes with their big rebrand.

The Duke of Sussex embraces host Gaby Roslin on stage, during the annual WellChild Awards 2023, at the Hurlingham Club in London on Thursday

The Duke of Sussex embraces host Gaby Roslin on stage, during the annual WellChild Awards 2023, at the Hurlingham Club in London on Thursday

Emma Willis arrives for the annual WellChild Awards 2023 at the Hurlingham Club in London on Thursday

Emma Willis arrives for the annual WellChild Awards 2023 at the Hurlingham Club in London on Thursday

Danny Jones and Ambrosio Nixon arrive for the annual WellChild Awards 2023 at the Hurlingham Club in London on Thursday

Danny Jones and Ambrosio Nixon arrive for the annual WellChild Awards 2023 at the Hurlingham Club in London on Thursday

Tom Felton attends the 2023 WellChild Awards at The Hurlingham Club on Thursday

Tom Felton attends the 2023 WellChild Awards at The Hurlingham Club on Thursday

Meanwhile Meghan is reportedly getting ready to ‘re-launch’ herself on Instagram and experts predict she could make $1million per post.

Harry will give a welcome speech in Dusseldorf this Saturday at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, the paralympic-style competition for injured military personnel and veterans that he founded.

Meghan is expected to join him at the eight-day event later in the week.

Last year, Meghan took to the stage to pay tribute to the competitors and their families, before introducing her husband.

The Duchess later made a surprise solo visit to a charity supporting girls and non-binary children.

Harry’s arrival at Dusseldorf town hall on Saturday is set to coincide with a demonstration, confirmed by a police spokesman, by activists who claim the German military will use the competition to target students and recruit them to the armed forces.

In addition to attending this year’s Invictus Games, Harry is also set to take part in a German version of ‘Match of the Day’ to help promote the competition.

He will be a guest on a late-night TV show which usually discuss and analyses the afternoon’s football in Germany’s Bundesliga.

But rather than talking about the latest results involving Harry Kane’s new team Bayern Munich, he will be discussing the Invictus Games.

Prince William learns about the production process at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William learns about the production process at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

The Prince of Wales visits the Pret A Manger branch in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon

The Prince of Wales visits the Pret A Manger branch in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon

Prince William meets members of the public outside Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William meets members of the public outside Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

The Prince of Wales meets members of the public at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

The Prince of Wales meets members of the public at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

The Prince of Wales visits the Pret A Manger branch in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon

The Prince of Wales visits the Pret A Manger branch in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon

The Prince of Wales speaks with Pret employees at the branch in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon

The Prince of Wales speaks with Pret employees at the branch in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon

Prince William learns about the production process at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William learns about the production process at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William learns about the sandwich-making process at the Pret in Bournemouth on Thursday

Prince William learns about the sandwich-making process at the Pret in Bournemouth on Thursday

The Prince of Wales meets members of the public at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

The Prince of Wales meets members of the public at Pret A Manger in Bournemouth on Thursday

The Prince of Wales visits the Pret A Manger branch in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon

The Prince of Wales visits the Pret A Manger branch in Bournemouth on Thursday afternoon

The Duke will be joined by the German defence minister Boris Pistorius for the live chat on Saturday night on the sport studio show. Three competitors from the games will also take part.

Harry is expected to fly by helicopter from to the ZDF studios in Mainz after the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games.

The transport will be provided by the German military who are the hosts for the week-long event involving teams from 21 different countries.

Harry will be launching the bi-annual games on his own in Germany as his wife Meghan remains home in California with their two young children.

She is expected to join him later in the week and take part in the closing ceremony at the Merkur-Spiel Arena. Singer Rita Ora will perform at the closing event where both Harry and Meghan will give speeches.

Additional reporting by Mark Duell and Natasha Anderson 




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