When Harry and Meghan met Pete: Duke and duchess pose up with Transportation Secretary Buttigieg as they meet in the Netherlands ahead of the Invictus Games after their visit to see the Queen
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in the capital of the Netherlands, The Hague, on Friday for the Invictus Games – a sporting event for wounded veterans
- The Los Angeles-based pair were photographed meeting the head of the U.S. delegation, Pete Buttigieg, the Transport Secretary
- Like Prince Harry, Buttigieg served in Afghanistan: Harry as an Army Officer 2007-8 and 2012-13, and Buttigieg as a Naval Intelligence Officer in 2014
- The game, founded by Prince Harry in 2014, open on Saturday and run through April 22
- Previous attendees have included Barack and Michelle Obama and Joe and Jill Biden
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The Transportation Secretary and his husband Chasten attended a reception honoring athletes ahead of the opening ceremony in The Hague.
Buttigieg, like Harry, served in Afghanistan; Buttigieg as a Navy Intelligence Officer in 2014, and Harry as an Army Officer flying Apache helicopters in 2007-2008 and again in 2012-2013.
He was chosen by Biden to lead a delegation to the games that included Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Army veteran who lost her legs and partial use of her right arm in Iraq in November 2004, and Deputy Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs Donald Remy.
The Invictus Games, founded in 2014, are an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both active-duty and veterans.
Prominent American politicians have cheered on Team USA at past events, including Joe and Jill Biden and Barack Obama.
All three met with Prince Harry during their time at his signature event.
Harry and Meghan are pictured meeting Pete Buttigieg on Friday, along with the rest of the U.S. delegation. From L-R, back row: Rory Brosius, presidential delegate; Donald Remy, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Gina Oritz Jones, U.S. Under Secretary of the Air Force. From L-R, front row: Senator Tammy Duckworth, The Duchess of Sussex, The Duke of Sussex, Buttigieg, and Marja Verloop, U.S. Charge d’Affaires in the Netherlands
The Duke and Duchess and Buttigieg also posed with Ukrainian officials – from left, Maksym Konenko, the Ukrainian ambassador to the Netherlands; Drahanchuk Inna, Deputy Minister for Veteran Affairs of Ukraine. Far right is the U.S. Charge d’Affairs in the Netherlands, Marja Verloop
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen arriving at the event in The Hague on Friday
Earlier on Friday, Pete and Chasten Buttigieg and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen separately walking the yellow carpet for a welcome event hosted by the U.S. Embassy in The Hague.
It is unclear if either of the Buttigiegs will be appearing in any documentary with the Sussexes, who had their Netflix film crew in tow to capture every moment.
The Sussexes only decided to attend the welcome event in the last 48 hours, a source told MailOnline.
The Netflix crew stood apart from the dozens of photographers covering their arrival.
The cameraman, sound recordist and producer wore maroon colored bibs with numbers on to make sure they stood out from other media.
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Buttigieg attend a reception ahead of the start of the Invictus Games
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception ahead of the start of the Invictus Games
Pete Buttigieg is leading the official U.S. delegation to the Invictus Games; his husband Chasten accompanied him on the trip to the Netherlands
Meghan wore a bright white jacket and trousers while Harry wore a suit with open neck shirt, as they head to the Invictus Games reception for competitors and families
Critics have accused the Sussexes of ‘cashing in’ on the Games by allowing the streaming giant, with whom they have signed a $100 million deal, into private meetings.
The couple were making their first appearance outside the US since quitting the royal family in an acrimonious split in 2020.
Ahead of their trip to the Netherlands, they made an incognito stop in the United Kingdom to visit the Queen.
Meghan wore a bright white Valentino jacket and trousers with gold jewelry while Harry wore a suit with open neck shirt.
The Buttigiegs both wore jackets with no ties along with American flag pins.
Buttigieg also was seen walking in a parade honoring the two teams, in a video posted on the official social media accounts for Team USA.
The game open on Saturday and run through April 22.
Prince Harry is there with his wife Meghan in his role as their founder.
The Buttigiegs will be there to cheer on the Americans.
Prince Harry is at the games in his role as their founder; it is the couple’s first appearance in Europe since they left the British royal family
Joe and Jill Biden with Prince Harry at an Invictus event in Toronto in 2017
Barack Obama with Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto