- EXCLUSIVE: Harry will launch the latest Invictus Games in Düsseldorf on Saturday
- Staff remain tight-lipped about VIP guests as the Presidential Suite is reserved
Prince Harry’s popularity may be on the decline, but he will be at an all-time high during his time in Germany for the Invictus Games where he will be staying in a high-rise presidential suite at a luxury hotel.
He was booked into a £2,000 overnight suite with stunning views of the River Rhine, and his wife Meghan will later join him in the luxury residence next week.
The spacious suite on the 17th floor of the Hyatt Regency in Düsseldorf will be his base for the next eight days.
On Saturday night, he will launch a sports event for wounded and disabled veterans and attend the week-long event, cheering on competitors in events such as archery, swimming and wheelchair rugby.
Staff at the five-star hotel – which features a spacious terrace overlooking the Rhine with a silver bubble bar – have been tight-lipped about their VIP guest whose popularity in Britain has fallen to 32% from more than 70% after he repeatedly criticized the royal hotel. family.
A police car was parked near the hotel in a show of increased security ahead of Harry’s arrival.
Since the games are organized by the German Army, there are also a number of uniformed personnel around the hotel.
Members of the gaming management team have been booked into the hotel and Harry will check in when he arrives on Saturday morning after his short visit to the UK.
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At the 2022 Games in The Hague, Netherlands, Harry and Meghan stayed in a royal suite at the city’s Hilton hotel. Invictus management has also been booked into the same hotel so meetings between the team can take place.
Its Presidential Suite includes a king-size bedroom with panoramic views of the 250-metre-tall Rhienturm, a communications tower that dominates the German city’s skyline.
The Presidential Suite has a separate living area, a kitchenette and a bathroom with a walk-in rain shower.
The hotel describes the giant 158-square-meter property as a “premium suite.”
There are also two 65-inch TVs, one in the bedroom and one in the living room.
As a fan of meditation and yoga, Meghan will be pleased to discover that the suite comes with its own yoga mat.
Meghan is known to be a big fan of yoga and gave a glimpse into her routine in a Netflix docu-series about their life after splitting from the royal family and their new life in California.
The suite also includes ‘luxury’ bathrobes, slippers and a stereo.
Located in the Düsseldorf area known as Media Harbour, the hotel also has its own spa offering beauty treatments and wellness packages.
While Harry and Meghan will likely eat most of their meals in their room, they have the option of dining in a French-American bistro that also includes the RAW Bar.
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Previous guests have raved about the hotel, and it is one of the most expensive hotels in town.
An American tourist who stayed at the hotel wrote on TripAdvisor: ‘It’s big and expensive and designed for business travelers.
Another wrote: ‘Amazing hotel. Excellent location and attentive staff. Very modern. Food service was very good. The best part of the stay was the suite – amazing view and huge room. One of the best hotels we’ve ever stayed in. Also good value.’
A fleet of people carriers with tinted windows is parked outside the hotel to take the Invictus Management team to the venue at the Merkur Spiel-Arena.
More than 500 competitors from 21 countries are participating in the Games, which are sponsored by the American Boeing Company.
Organizers expect up to 100,000 people to attend the games, which will conclude with a speech by Prince Harry and a set of six songs by singer Rita Ora.
All teams from all over the world arrived in Düsseldorf and were greeted at the airport by the Games’ mascot, a brown bear named Buddy.
The UK team, friends and family traveled from Birmingham on an RAF transport plane. Of the 59 members, 15 are still serving in the army while the others are retired.
UK team captain, Lieutenant Commander James Rogers said: ‘Whether it’s a veteran or still serving, we’re one team heading into the Games and I’m incredibly proud of how well everyone has accomplished in the process. It brings with it a sense of camaraderie and excitement, as well as remarkable physical and mental health benefits.