Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Watch: Prince Harry and Meghan Launch The Invictus Games In The Netherlands Photo by Joshua Sammer/Getty Images for Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were flown to and from Dusseldorf, Germany, by a taxpayer-owned Luftwaffe jet from the German Air Force. The couple returned from their pseudo-royal tour back to Frogmore Cottage for the day in the 19-seater jet as they continued their trip around Europe and London. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have previously expressed their distaste for the formality that comes with royalty, however, their recent trip to Germany to promote the Invictus Games 2023 was nothing short of royal extravagance.

According to Daily Mail, the lavishness of their trip to Dusseldorf can be seen just by the mere method of travel. The German government was generous to provide the Sussexes with a $50 million dollar, taxpayer-funded, Air Force jet with, “Luftwaffe” written on its tail, with a 100-minute return flight to England.

The Bundeswehr, or the German military, and the city of Dusseldorf, are set to jointly host next year's Invictus Games. In an agreement between the two parties, the Bundeswehr provided the private jet to collect the Sussexes in an aircraft that is usually reserved for high-ranking German politicians and state officials. A Bombardier Global 5000, was chosen as Harry and Meghan’s transport which arrived at RAF Northolt at 11:34 a.m., then touched down at Dusseldorf Airport at 1:23 p.m.

After setting foot on the runway, the couple was then picked up by a black Porsche Cayenne. When their business with the Invictus Games concluded, they were taken back to Northolt from Dusseldorf by the same private jet.

According to a source, the Bundeswehr apparently has a fleet of private jets, which were supposedly best suited to transport the Sussexes due to their small capacity for passengers. The source said that Dusseldorf has no military bases, so the jet was flown from Cologne to Northolt, then returned to Cologne when the engagement finished. The Bundeswehr expressed much pride in its association with the Invictus Games as assistance for wounded war veterans. The offer was given to Bundeswehr when they were awarded the games with the offer extending next year when the 2023 games commence, The Sun reported.

Meanwhile, simultaneous to the couple's departure, Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth was photographed for the first time since July, when she greeted her new British Prime Minister Liz Truss, at Balmoral Castle.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the athletics on day two of the Invictus Games 2020 at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage

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