On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Prince Harry took to social media to officially announce that the Invictus Games would be postponed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a short clip shared on the Invictus Games Twitter page, Prince Harry explained how they’d tried to figure out other ways to host the games in a safer manner but had failed. He shared that the decision to postpone the games had been “an incredibly difficult” one.
The Invictus Games are a competition for wounded paralympic veterans and servicemen and women. This year, the event was set to occur in May in The Hague, Netherlands.
Prince Harry (L), Jon Bon Jovi (second right), and members of the Invictus Games Choir pose at Abbey Road zebra crossing on February 28, 2020, in London, England | Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images
However, in the interest of keeping everyone safe, the event was postponed to May or June 2021. The Invictus Games also hold a special place in Harry’s heart.
Days after welcoming his son, Archie, 10-months-old, in May 2019, he traveled to the Netherlands to start the official countdown to the 2020 Games. Harry, 35, spent the day trip learning about the preparations that were already underway.
The event was meant to run from May 9 to May 16, 2020. The Duke of Sussex could also relate to the competitors in the games as he had also served in the army for more than 10 years.
Besides being special to him, the event is a great milestone for his wife, Duchess Meghan, 38. During the 2017 Games in Toronto, the pair made their debut as a couple.
In 2018, the famous couple also played major roles during the Sydney Games. Harry previously hosted the event in London in 2014 (the founding year of the games) and in Orlando two years later.
In January 2020, the Duke announced that the 2022 Invictus Games would take place in Düsseldorf in Germany. Last month, the royal went to the iconic Abbey Road studios to promote a new song to aid his Invictus Games.
Bon Jovi, 57, led the Invictus Games Choir as they sang a version of his song “Unbroken.”
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