Prince Harry created the Invictus Games as a way to help wounded military personnel and veterans around the world. They offer them the challenge of participating in sporting events that are similar to the Paralympics.
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A spokesperson for Prince Harry has confirmed that Meghan Markle will be joining Prince Harry at Invictus Games, which start in the Netherlands this weekend.
After being delayed due to the pandemic, this international competition will take places in The Hague on April 16-22.
Harry started the games to assist wounded military personnel and veterans around the world. He gave them the challenge of participating in sporting events that were similar to the Paralympics.
Monday evening’s spokesperson for Harry and Meghan confirmed that Meghan will be joining Harry for the Games at The Hague in the first few hours.
The Mirror reported last week that The Mirror had revealed that the couple would be accompanied by a Netflix documentary crew during the Games.
The Invictus Game was where the couple made their first public appearance together, almost five years ago.
Meghan was 18-seats apart when she made her first official appearance at Harry’s engagement in September 2017.
The next day, they emerged together to make their first public appearance together at wheelchair tennis.
On Monday, Team UK competitors stated that they wanted to see Meghan and their children, Archie, two years old, and Lili, nine months, at the Games.
Children are not expected to attend.
Daniel O’Connor (31 years old) is competing in archery, indoor rowing and said Harry is. “someone who cares a lot”.
Mr O’Connor, a chronic pain sufferer, stated: “He has in his mind the things he wants to achieve in his life, the things he’d like to see change, and he tries to work towards them.
“You can only imagine the world would look different if everyone had this attitude.”
Asked if he would like to see Meghan at the event, Mr O’Connor said: “Everyone in the Games, competitors and not, should bring their family and friends. Prince Harry, I believe, has the right to bring family and friends.”
He said anyone who wants to support the Invictus Games is welcome with open arms, adding that Meghan has been to previous Invictus events.
“She continues to be supportive of the Games.
“I think she’s doing a great job,”He said: “I would love to see her at the Games.
“If she is, I’m thrilled. I also hope that they bring the children so they have the whole family.”
Lucy Holt, 29, from Lincoln, said it would be “It was a pleasant surprise” if the family turned up.
Ms Holt, who is competing in powerlifting, indoor rowing, wheelchair basketball and athletics, said Harry’s family are very supportive of the Invictus Games.
“It is a great way for him to highlight his achievements and continue to achieve them to his family.” she said.
Ms Holt said the Games are great for children to see as they showcase what can be achieved with disabilities.
Jason Finlay, 50, who lives in Amesbury, said he found Harry “Very relaxing” to talk to on the couple of times they met.
Mr Finlay, who is competing in sitting volleyball and athletics, said: “To be sincere, it was great to meet him.
“You can see the military ethos that he has through his military service.”
He suggested that it would be fun to meet Meghan, and added that she would be an excellent ambassador for Invictus.
Harry and Meghan, who are Americans, didn’t attend the London memorial service for Duke of Edinburgh last month.
Harry brought a claim against Home Office following being told that he would not be provided the same level personal protective security while visiting the US. He offered to pay for it.
The duke would like to bring his children from the US to visit him, but he is not allowed to do so. He and his family are “unable to return to his home”His legal representative stated that it was too dangerous.
The Invictus games will feature nine sports, including athletics, wheelchair basketball, cycling and powerlifting.
Harry was instrumental in bringing the Games to Britain in 2014. In 2014, 300 competitors from 13 different countries participated in the first competition in London.
Harry’s inspiration came from a visit to Colorado’s Warrior Games one year before. Harry witnessed firsthand how sports can help inspire rehabilitation and support of wounded troops.