Inside Harry and Meghan's Nigeria tour from 16-car convoy, army of aides and security fears

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have wrapped up their Nigerian tour, which was marked by a series of engagements and the presence of their loyal staff and security detail.

The royal couple are set to fly back to the US today after an action-packed 72-hour visit to the African nation. Their itinerary included charitable events, meetings with prominent individuals, and delivering speeches.

Amidst concerns about safety in Nigeria, they took measures for their protection, including travelling with their own security personnel. We take a look into the behind the scenes action of their journey.

16 car convoy

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen leaving a hotel luncheon with notable Nigerian personalities on Sunday. Post-event, the pair made a swift exit, holding hands.

An aide was heard urgently directing a driver with the words "Go, go, go," as reported by the Daily Mail, while Harry and Meghan departed in a convoy of 16 cars, each with tinted windows, reports the Mirror.

Despite having a smaller entourage than what observers might expect, Harry and Meghan ensured that their trusted aides were with them throughout their stay in Nigeria.

As the couple journeyed to Lagos, they were accompanied by a group of female aides. The staff members of Harry and Meghan chose casual attire, donning shift dresses and Adidas trainers.

Rather than walking alongside the couple, the aides were observed following behind the Sussexes.

Security Measures

Upon their arrival in Lagos on Sunday for the concluding day of their tour, Harry and Meghan were escorted by armed police officers and secret service agents, who could be seen communicating via earpieces. They were also trailed by special forces soldiers.

Due to safety concerns about Nigeria, the pair brought along their own security team. The US State Department has assigned Nigeria a Level 3 advisory, which is the second highest risk level, issued due to worries about crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed gangs.

The US State Department has recommended Americans to "reconsider travel" to Nigeria. The security detail of Harry and Meghan was witnessed in action on Saturday when the Duke of Sussex flew to visit a hospital in Kaduna.

Online guidance from the UK foreign office states: "FCDO advises against all travel to Kaduna State". The UK Government's website also warns: "Banditry and violent attacks are frequent and there is a high threat of kidnap.

"Incidents of intercommunal violence occur and trains are vulnerable to attack. If you're travelling in the north-west against FCDO advice, be extremely cautious and monitor local media."

Harry reportedly had a team of four security personnel accompanying him during his hospital visit, where he met with injured Nigerian soldiers.

Fashion Choices

Meghan was a vision of style during the Nigerian tour, showcasing a range of vibrant outfits. At an event discussing women in leadership, Meghan humorously shared how she had adapted her fashion choices to better "fit in".

She said: "It has been a whirlwind 24 hours since we arrived, and I very quickly got the memo that I need to wear more colour so I can fit in with all of you in your incredible fashion."

The Duchess of Sussex certainly lived up to expectations. At the Women In Leadership panel event, Meghan donned a red maxi dress, ethically designed by Nigerian designer Orire and priced under £230.

On their final day in Nigeria, Meghan changed outfits three times. Fans particularly admired her canary yellow ankle-length dress, previously worn in 2021 when she announced her pregnancy with Princess Lilibet and for Prince Archie's first birthday party.

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