Prince Harry and Meghan Markle surprised fans when they attended a Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey game. The Duke of Sussex even had the honor of dropping the first puck, a tradition that his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, participated in 21 years ago. The couple enjoyed the game from a VIP box at Rogers Arena, showing their excitement by cuddling and jumping in the air to cheer. As the Canucks claimed victory over the San Jose Sharks with a score of 3-1, Harry and Meghan celebrated by dancing to the sound of Simple Minds' hit, Don't You Forget About Me.
Joining the couple in the VIP box were local Indigenous leaders, British Columbia Premier David Eby, and the region's Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sports Minister, Lana Popham. Also present was Markus Anderson, a friend of Meghan's from her Suits days in Toronto, who played a significant role in setting up her first date with Harry. In fact, Meghan refers to him as the second most important man in her life after her British husband.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's visit to Canada was part of their ongoing work to promote the upcoming Invictus Games, which will take place in Vancouver and Whistler in February 2025. However, recent controversies surrounding the Games surfaced after two senior executives were dismissed, creating uncertainty within the organization.
Despite these concerns, Harry and Meghan continue to engage in various public appearances. Meghan recently attended the Variety Power Of Women event in Los Angeles, expressing her pride in the projects produced by Archewell Productions. While some experts view these appearances as a PR tactic, the couple's involvement aims to advocate for important causes and generate interest in their work.
The Invictus Games, known for its support of wounded veterans, will feature winter sports for the first time in 2025. The recent visit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to the Canucks game only highlights their commitment to raising awareness and support for the Games and the athletes involved.
As the Duke and Duchess continue their initiatives and involvement in charity work, it is evident that their presence and dedication will leave a lasting impact.