Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
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Queen Elizabeth is claimed to be "deeply hurt" after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to attend the Invictus Games opening in Holland Saturday over Prince Philip's memorial service.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes confirmed Monday that Meghan will join Harry in the Netherlands for the first several days of the Invictus Games, the international sports competition founded by the Duke of Sussex for wounded service members and veterans. This year's games are scheduled to take place starting April 16 to April 22 in the Dutch city of The Hague.

It will be the first time Harry and Meghan have been together in Europe since withdrawing from their royal duties two years ago. It will be Meghan's second Invictus experience. In 2017, she was seen with Harry at the Toronto Games, marking the couple's first official appearance together.

According to royal expert, this is a "snub" to the Queen, after the pair declined to attend Prince Philip's memorial on March 29. "I think it's truly shocking. I think the royal family are deeply hurt, but that's precisely what they must want, otherwise, they wouldn't act like that," royal expert Angela Levin told The Sun.

"We saw the queen, you can't help but feel desperately sorry for her, she would have loved to have Harry there for the day. I just think it's unbelievable. Meghan is going because they're doing the next Netflix documentary. They're going with cameras, and she wouldn't want to miss out on the publicity. It's such snub, you cannot believe that Harry is the same person as he was in 2018 when I met him." The royal expert also added how Harry seemed to be "somewhat brainwashed to hate his family."

Harry and Meghan are likely to be given full protection by the Dutch police as the event will also play host to the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander and his aunt Princess Margriet, honorary chair of the Recommendation Committee of the Invictus Games.

Security experts claimed to be puzzled that Sussexes believe the United Kingdom is more unsafe than the Netherlands. Former MP Norman Baker, who is a critic of royal spending and secrecy, commented, "It looks petulant. It seems they have Dutch courage but not the British variety."

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