A blink-and-you’ll miss it moment in Prince Harry’s new documentary has revealed how the Duke was nervous when he took to the red carpet with his wife Meghan Markle for the first time after Covid measures relaxed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were filmed arriving at the Salute To Freedom Gala in November 2021 on their new Netflix show The Heart of Invictus.
The event – which was held at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York – marked the first time the couple took to the red carpet after pandemic restrictions were relaxed.
The last time the Sussexes were spotted on the red carpet pre-pandemic was at their ‘farewell tour’ in March 2020, where they carried out the last of their duties as working royals.
In the documentary, Prince Harry, 38, can be heard saying to Meghan: ‘We haven’t done this for a while.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were filmed arriving at the Salute To Freedom Gala in November 2021 on their new Netflix show The Heart of Invictus
Meghan then responded: ‘I know,’ comforting her husband as they made their way into the museum.
Walking hand-in-hand, the Duke of Sussex then whispered to his wife: ‘My heart, I’m like… digadigadiga,’ imitating a rapid heartbeat.
The Prince then made his way around the room with Meghan, greeting guests at the gala, one of which can be heard saying: ‘Two-and-a-half years, we’re back.’
To which Harry then responded: ‘We’re back,’ with a smile on his face.
The documentary then showed Prince Harry in a backroom, seemingly attempting to calm his nerves before going on stage to read out his speech.
The Duke of Sussex took deep breaths, looked around the room and took a big sip of water before he was announced to the crowd.
Harry finally released his Invictus Games documentary on Netflix this morning, as the latest project in the Sussexes’ £80million deal with the streaming giant.
Meghan was dressed in a show-stopping crimson gown by Carolina Herrera, which she paired with £696 slingback heels by Giuseppe Zanotti.
Meghan was dressed in a show-stopping crimson gown by Carolina Herrera, which she paired with £696 slingback heels by Giuseppe Zanotti
The Duke of Sussex seemed to be calming his nerves by taking big sips of water before going on stage to read out his speech
She also opted to wear Princess Diana’s diamond tennis Cartier bracelet, which retails for an eye-watering £17,700.
She also donned Maison Birks’ £9,934 Snowstorm earrings, a £5,000 gold Cartier Love bracelet, as well as a poppy.
Whereas Harry looked dapper in a dinner jacket and bow-tie, wearing a red remembrance poppy and showcasing his medals.
In his speech, Prince Harry said: ‘Tonight, we are here to honour a group of men and women whose lives are defined by service, purpose and of course, resilience.
‘Many of us in this room understand why service members often feel isolated after they come home or once they leave the forces. Wouldn’t you?’
Harry is the executive producer of the documentary and the show forms part of the Sussexes’ deal with Netflix – with their main output so far being last year’s controversial Harry & Meghan documentary which included a series of swipes at members of the Royal Family.
However the Duchess, 42, makes very few appearances in the five episode series.
In her most prominent moment, Meghan is shown speaking at the opening ceremony of the Games to introduce Harry to the stage, in footage which was aired live at the time.
Meghan also opted to wear Princess Diana’s diamond tennis Cartier bracelet, which retails for an eye-watering £17,700
Harry took deep breaths and looked around the room before he was announced to the crowd
She said: ‘Thank you so much for your service and thank you to all the friends and the family that are here who’ve been supporting you along the way.
‘Because this is service, this is dedication, and this is the Invictus family.
‘Please welcome my incredible husband, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.’
Harry went on to thank his wife for the introduction, going on: ‘Thank you my love.’
The couple discuss how the day’s events in a ’tense’ and ‘tough’ and they’ll have the chance to meet the Ukrainian team.
Meanwhile there are also shots of the couple backstage at the games as they join a group therapy session, before they arrive for the opening ceremony where Meghan calls the crowd ‘incredible’.