The Duke of Sussex has stated many Invictus Games opponents would have taken their very own life had it not been for the sporting occasion.
Harry based the Invictus Games to assist the rehabilitation of injured or sick army personnel and veterans from throughout the globe, by giving them the problem of competing in sporting occasions much like the Paralympics.
Speaking on the closing ceremony in The Hague within the Netherlands, Harry spoke of his satisfaction within the opponents sitting earlier than him.
He informed the viewers: “You have all summited your mountain. And I could not be prouder of every single one of you.
“We, your friends and family, could not be prouder of who you are and what you represent, especially given what it’s taken to get here. Mindset is everything.”
He added: “From interviews that Invictus did across the park this week, and as some of you have shared with me personally, many would have taken their own life had it not been for these games.
“You made the choice to be here, to stay with us, to grow with us, and I can’t explain how much it means to me and how much all of you mean to us. So thank you.
“This is a blueprint of what the wider world needs today – the power of resilience, the power of healing and the power of recovery.
“So if, or when, you feel alone, please know that you are not alone.
“This community is with you. We are all with you.
“To friends and family, we wouldn’t be here without you.
“We thank you for sharing and shouldering the weight of our wounds, from vulnerability comes strength, and together all of us are defining the Invictus generation, in or out of uniform we stand up to injustice. We answer the call for help.
“We defend those that need defending. Service and sacrifice is in our blood and don’t you ever forget it.”
Harry stated he’s “honoured” to have served alongside “all of you here tonight”, including: “Thank you for your service and we’ll see you in Dusseldorf.”
The closing ceremony got here after Harry was joined by King Willem‑Alexander on the wheelchair basketball ultimate.
The duke loved a quiet drink with pals on Thursday evening at O’Casey’s Irish Pub within the metropolis.
Pub proprietor John Gulay, 51, stated Harry had a single pint of Guinness earlier than switching to lemonade.
Harry and spouse Meghan made their first public look collectively in Europe since quitting as senior working royals greater than two years in the past once they attended a reception on the video games final Friday.
They had been photographed and filmed by about 50 members of the media.
Harry attended occasions all week regardless of the fallout from his chat with a US tv community that left some royal commentators denouncing him.
In his interview with NBC’s Today present he appeared to situation a veiled warning to these closest to the Queen, saying he needed to verify his grandmother was “protected” and had “the right people around her”.
Harry didn’t elaborate on whether or not he was referring to royal aides or members of his family, however his feedback are more likely to have deepened his rift along with his father the Prince of Wales and his brother the Duke of Cambridge in addition to perplexing palace officers.
A digicam crew filming for a Netflix documentary referred to as Heart Of Invictus – a collection from Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Productions following folks competing on the occasion – was seen near the couple throughout their time on the video games.
The crew continued to movie Harry and opponents after Meghan left earlier this week, and sometimes a drone could possibly be seen hovering above occasions.
Harry and Meghan signed a multimillion-pound cope with streaming big Netflix in 2020.
Earlier, the duke introduced the Invictus Games will happen in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada, in 2025.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Invictus is heading back to North America and this is a very, very good thing,” Harry stated on Friday.
In 2023, the Invictus Games will happen in Dusseldorf.