The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry joined a video call over the weekend to encourage Invictus competitors to check on each other amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Via a virtual call, Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, dished out supportive words to the Invictus competitors.
The 35-year-old Prince commended the competitors for their resilience through the lockdown. He also addressed the games' postponement due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and how it has affected them.
Prince Harry at the Commonwealth Day Service on March 09, 2020, in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
Participating in the video call were Invictus competitors Jen Warren, Mark Reidy, Bruno Gruevremont, and JJ Chalmers, the team's captain. The Prince listened amiably as the participants narrated their experiences since the lockdown, and how they have fared.
In the same high spirits, the Duke of Sussex advised the injured servicemen to have each other's back during this period. Stressing the importance of reaching out, especially on online platforms, he divulged:
"Whether it's an online support group or whatever it is...You've got at least a handful of people that you can reach out to."
Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games in 2014. Since its foundation, former servicemen who suffered disabling injuries in the line of duty have found a means of expressing their strength and skills through adaptive sports.
Through the foundation, the Prince has proven himself a staunch supporter of injured, sick, or disabled military personnel. Despite his step down from royal duties in January, Harry has retained his place as the foundation's patron.
The game, initially scheduled for May 2020, was postponed to May and June 2021, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
While overseeing his philanthropic commitments, the stepdown gave the Prince the freedom to pursue other works. He has since made the most of his freedom, making his Netflix debut this month with his documentary, "Rising Phoenix."
In the sport-inspired documentary film, the Prince celebrated his love for the games saying: "There isn't anything else in the world that can bring you back from the darkest places than sports."
This follows the postponement of the 2020 Invictus Games slated to be held at the Hague in the Netherlands. The game, initially scheduled for May 2020, was postponed to May and June 2021, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The location for the games remains the same. In the last three years, the annual event has taken place in Orlando, United States, in Toronto, Canada, and Australia.
With Prince Harry's support, and the world's effort to curb COVID-19, the athletes have something to look forward to come 2021.
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