Meghan and Harry 'will not be given audience with Dutch King' on Invictus Games trip

The Duke and Duchess's personal protection team will also have to go unarmed on the request of Dutch authorities, it has been reported

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Meghan and Harry “will not be given an audience with Dutch King Willem-Alexander or be offered a room in the royal palace” during their Invictus Games trip next week.

Traditionally, the Dutch King and his wife Queen Máxima hosts royal visitors attending the event for injured military veterans.

But they have reportedly not extended the olive branch to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex this year.

The Sussexes will reportedly have to use their own security team for their first official trip outside the US since leaving their riyal duties behind, if they are not given “VIP status” by police in the Netherlands.

Harry and Meghan the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Harry and Meghan the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Prince Harry (left) talking to JJ Chalmers during the Invictus Games 2016
Prince Harry (left) talking to JJ Chalmers during the Invictus Games 2016

Dutch authorities have also reportedly banned the Sussexes close protection team from being armed for their four-day trip, according to The Sun.

This comes as Harry was the only senior member of the Royal Family not to attend Prince Philip’s funeral in late March.

A spokesperson for the couple explained there were concerns over Harry's safety, after his level of security in the UK was reduced.

Former royal protection officer Ken Wharfe, however, insisted Harry will be more be more at risk at the Invictus Games than he would have been at Thanksgiving service held in Westminster Abbey.

On their trip to The Hague, the Sussexes will reportedly be followed by their Netflix documentary crew for the six-day event.

The Duke founded the games to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe, by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.

It was where the couple chose to make their first public appearance together almost five years ago.

Team UK competitors at this year’s games have said they are hoping the couple will attend with their two children, Archie and Lili.

Daniel O’Connor, 31, from Hereford, is competing in archery and indoor rowing, and said Harry is “someone who cares a lot”.

Mr O’Connor, who suffers from chronic pain, said: “He has in his mind the things he wants to achieve in his life, the things he’d like to see change, and he tries to work towards them. And if everyone had that attitude you can imagine how different the world would be.”

Asked if he would like to see Meghan at the event, Mr O’Connor said: “I think everyone in the Games, all the competitors, are bringing friends and family, and I think if we have the right to bring friends and family then surely Prince Harry does.”