At the 2023 Invictus Games, Meghan Markle's enthusiastic support for her husband, Prince Harry, has reportedly taken center stage, somewhat overshadowing the prince at his own event. The Invictus Games, founded by Prince Harry in 2014, is an international adaptive multi-sport event for wounded, injured, or sick armed services personnel and veterans.

Royal commentator Rebecca English remarked on the Duchess's involvement, "I did find it a little strange that Meghan gave a speech at one of these events. It was a bit off the cuff, but you certainly wouldn't see that in the royal family." This comment highlights the contrast between the Sussexes' approach and the traditional ways of the monarchy.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, drew significant media attention when she arrived late at the Invictus Games. This tardiness reportedly diverted attention from the competitors. English added, "If it was someone's baby, the partner would always let the other person take the lead and shine. Harry did seem a bit like a spare part on the stage there."

The Duchess, no stranger to the limelight, has faced criticism in the past for allegedly overshadowing events. Her late arrival at this year's competition was no exception. Critics accused her of concocting a narrative to shift media focus onto her. Addressing her tardiness, the Duchess explained to organizers, "It's so special to be here, and I'm sorry I'm a little late for the party. I had to spend a little more time getting our little ones settled at home and get them to drop off."

Throughout the Invictus Games, which are set to conclude on September 16, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have presented a united front. However, some commentators view their interactions as mere pretense. Podcaster Kinsey Schofield commented, "They are definitely putting on a show, but I think that it's more than wanting to convince people that there's no problems at home."

In 2023, the royal couple has appeared more distant from each other than at any other time in their seven-year relationship. Their public displays of affection at this year's Invictus Games contrast sharply with their interactions throughout the rest of the year. This perceived distance fueled rumors over the summer that the couple might be considering divorce. With Meghan's perceived intent to shift the focus of Harry's cherished Invictus Games onto herself, discussions and analyses of their distinctive royal marriage are likely to persist.