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Meghan to ‘explore her ancestry and lineage’ in Nigeria

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Sussexes to arrive in African country on Friday as it bids to host Invictus Games in 2029

The Duchess of Sussex is looking forward to visiting Nigeria to “explore her ancestry and lineage,” a government official has revealed.

The Duke of Sussex, 39, and the Duchess, 42, are due to arrive in the African country on Friday for a “private” whirlwind tour that will take in three cities in three days.

The focus of the trip – their first to Nigeria – is to highlight the country’s efforts to rehabilitate injured soldiers as it bids to host the Invictus Games in 2029.

Meghan will also host a “Women in Leadership” event.

But for the Duchess, it is a much more personal trip, Air Vce Mshl Abidemi Marquis, director of sports at the Nigerian Defence Ministry, suggested during a press briefing on Thursday.

It comes after Meghan revealed on her Archetypes podcast last October that she had discovered, via a genealogy test, that she was “43 per cent Nigerian”.

Asked if she knew which tribe her ancestors were from, the Duchess admitted she did not but said she was planning to “start to dig deeper into all of this”.

Mr Marquis said the Sussexes’ visit would prove a huge boost to the nation’s military personnel before adding of Meghan: “You know, recently, (she) did a DNA genealogy test and it was confirmed that she’s 43 per cent Nigerian, so she also is looking forward to coming to Nigeria to explore her ancestry and lineage.”

The Duke revealed at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf last September that his wife would be cheering on Nigeria.

During a visit to the Nigerian team, Meghan was even given her own Nigerian name, Amira Ngozi Lolo. Amira means warrior princess from a legend, while Ngozi means blessed and Lolo means royal wife.

The Duke, who has been in London for the past three days, will be reunited with Meghan in Nigeria.

“The reception will be a quiet reception because they will be travelling 14 hours to get to this place,” Mr Marquis said. “They will be taken to the hotel.”

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