Prince Harry and Meghan Markle bowled over the German media with their charm offensive on the first day they were seen together at the Invictus Games.
Only positive headlines are being used to describe the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, such as ‘Finally A Prince Again’, with much of the attention focused on Meghan and how she reacts to the crowds and what she wears.
There have yet to be negative comments about their public appearances, including when they attended a wheelchair basketball match.
The couple’s often contentious relationship with the other members of the royal family has not been mentioned in any of the coverage.
While in Dusseldorf, all the attention was on Harry and Meghan and the impact they are having at the games for disabled and wounded military veterans, which the Prince founded in 2014.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pictured Wednesday) have bowled over the German media with their charm offensive on the first day they were seen together at the Invictus Games
Pictured: One headline, run by German tabloid Bild, cheering on Harry as he opens the Invictus Games in the country
‘I think people are very interested to see how they are together and their dynamics as a couple,’ said one reporter for Bild newspaper.
‘They are very popular here. You only have to see how hundreds of people waited in the market square outside the town hall to try and see them. It was the same the previous year when they came to start the countdown to the games.’
In the Merkur Spiel Arena the couple put on an obvious show of affection which has been picked up by the German media.
Another publication centred on and speculated about a $64,000 ring Meghan wore during an event for friends and family where she gave an impromptu speech.
The popular Gala magazine website devoted five stories to the couple as well as carrying a live blog to update readers on their activities.
Harry’s biggest coup was to be invited on to the hugely popular show ‘Sports Studio’ – the German equivalent of the BBC’s Match of the Day.
Meanwhile, the Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) network devoted the entire hour-long show to allow Harry to talk about the Invictus Games and its impact on the mental health and rehabilitation of wounded war veterans.
He proved to be a good sport, but not very good in a penalty taker, when he lost in a shoot-out with German defence minister Boris Pistorios.
German media carried reports about Harry’s TV appearance with obvious references to the age old rivalry between the England and German football teams.
Only positive headlines are being used to describe the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Germany, such as ‘Finally A Prince Again’, with much of the attention focused on Meghan and how she reacts to the crowds and what she wears. Pictured: Harry is gifted a pair of ‘budgie smugglers’ by the Australian team in Dusseldorf, Germany, Wednesday
The famous couple have yet to be negative comments about their public appearances, including when they attended a wheelchair basketball match (pictured)
Meanwhile, the glossy Gala magazine – which devotes pages to celebrities and other VIPs – carried a blow-by-blow account of Harry and Meghan attending their first Invictus Games events together.
They had a live blog on the movements of the couple along with other stories about their life.
The magazine will devote its cover in this week’s edition published on Thursday with a photo of Harry and the headline ‘Finally A Prince Again.’.
Inside there will be three pages of with coverage.
‘There is a lot interest, and much more now that Meghan is here. They are behaving very well and I think a lot of people will have a positive impression of them,’ a reporter for the magazine told Mail Online.
‘People are fascinated with Harry and his family, but they all know about Meghan,’ they said. ‘There are two camps here in Germany – team Harry and Meghan and Team Kate and William. It has been interesting seeing them together.’
The reporter said people in Germany has seen plenty of stories about the couple and their decision to step back as senior members of the British Royal Family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wave their hands at the wheelchair basketball match today
The reporter said: ‘Now they are here people see that they are happy.’
The rival Bunte magazine carried a story about Meghan sporting a $62,000 ring when she attended a friends and family event on Tuesday evening.
TV news carried extensive reports on the Invictus Games with regular round ups of the day’s events.
Bild newspaper have had a reporter covering the games while others in the Berlin office have been involved in their coverage.
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