Prince Harry Makes Exciting Announcement About His ‘Inspiring International Family’

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Prince Harry Makes Exciting Announcement About His 'Inspiring International Family'

The Duke of
Sussex has made an exciting announcement about his “inspiring
international family” as he welcomed two new nations to the Invictus
Games Foundation – Colombia and Nigeria – on Wednesday.

Harry, the founding patron of the
Invictus Games Foundation, hosted the Paralympic-style games in The Hague,
The Netherlands last month. He was joined by his wife Meghan Markle at the
tournament that saw 20 nations compete including the UK, USA, Afghanistan,
France, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, The Netherlands and Ukraine.

In a statement to welcome
Colombia and Nigeria to the fold, he said: “The world felt the power of
our Invictus community last month in The Hague and now I am delighted to
announce that we have two new nations – Colombia and Nigeria – joining our
inspiring international family.

“As we continue to
harness the power of sport in recovery and rehabilitation year-round, I’m proud
to share that Invictus is now represented across every continent (except
Antarctica).

“The Invictus community
of nations is built by the resilience of the men and women who serve or have
served, and it’s a distinct honour to offer even more wounded, injured and sick
Service personnel and veterans the opportunity to be included in the community
and programming we offer.”

The couple attended the Invictus Games in The Hague last month

The couple attended the Invictus Games in The Hague last month

It’s not clear whether
Colombia and Nigeria will take part in the 2023 Dusseldorf Invictus
Games as the participating nations for the German event have not yet been
announced. More nations are expected to join over time. Members of the
community get access to programmes such as the We Are Invictus platform for
international wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans.

Amid the announcement comes
the news that Help for Heroes, the charity which was responsible for the
selection, training and welfare of UK competitors at the Invictus Games,
will no longer be directly involved in Team UK.

Harry and Meghan are returning to the UK next month for the Platinum Jubilee

Harry and Meghan are returning to the UK next month for the Platinum Jubilee

In a statement this week, the
charity said the decision was not their own, but following extensive decisions,
the Ministry of Defence decided that the Royal British Legion will lead the
end-to-end delivery of Team UK to the Invictus Games for the next five years
and will also be the main funder of the programme.

A Ministry of Defence
spokesperson said: “The Royal British Legion was able to offer secure
funding, more personnel to support the team and a commitment to supporting Team
UK into the future. We, therefore, felt this would be the best choice for Team
UK. Our priority is always to ensure Team UK and our wounded, injured and sick
Service personnel and veterans get the best experience.

“We remain enormously
grateful for all the work Help for Heroes has done to take Team UK to the
Invictus Games and continue to work with them to support the Armed Forces
community.”

 

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