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Prince Harry discusses his son Archie’s future at the Invictus Games
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent Easter Sunday ringside as the first full day of competition got underway at the Invictus Games. Harry and Meghan spent the morning on the athletics track before heading to sitting volleyball. The 2022 Invictus Games run until next Friday, after being postponed for two years due to the Covid pandemic.
Harry was inspired to set up the project after attending the 2013 Warrior Games, hosted by the US Department of Defense, where injured and retired military personnel competed.
More than 500 competitors from 20 nations are due to take part in this year’s event, the first time the Sussexes have appeared in public together in Europe since retiring as senior royals two years ago .
The couple faced some unsavory headlines last month after they failed to attend Prince Philip’s memorial service, with a source admitting the Invictus Games are a perfect opportunity to bounce back.
Speaking to Page Six this week, the source said: “They need a win.
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The Sussexes at the Invictus Games today.
Harry and Meghan delighted the crowds by getting involved in the mini races.
“They will never get a win with some people in England, probably the majority, but their appearance at the Invictus Games could rekindle the pocket of support they have among a certain young demographic in the UK.”
Harry and Meghan stopped in the UK to visit the Queen and Prince Charles at Windsor Castle before heading to the Netherlands.
The pair were joined in The Hague by a film crew from Netflix as part of Harry’s docuseries with the streaming giant.
The Sussexes laughed and joked with the contestants, and both gave rousing speeches during the event’s opening ceremony on Saturday night.
Both Harry and Meghan gave rousing speeches where they congratulated the athletes.
Meghan spoke about the presence of the Ukrainian team, saying that it had taken a lot “both physically and emotionally” for each competitor to make it happen, “especially for the Ukrainian team, with whom we all stand in solidarity”.
She then handed over to her “incredible husband” Harry, who she described as “the founder of the Invictus Games, and the father of our two little ones, Archie and Lili”.
Harry praised the “unbounded humility, compassion and friendship” of the Invictus Games and highlighted the Ukrainian team’s remarkable journey to get to The Hague.
He said: “Being role models, or the role models each of you are, takes strength and courage.”
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He went on to talk about his two-year-old son Archie and his own career aspirations.
Harry said: ‘When I talk to my son Archie about what he wants to be when he grows up, some days he’s an astronaut, other days he’s a pilot – a helicopter pilot obviously – or Kwazii from the Octonauts.
“If you laugh, then you’ve seen it.
“But what I remind him is that no matter what you want to be when you grow up, it’s your character that matters most, and nothing would make his mom and I prouder than to see him have character. from what we see before us today.”
Both Harry and Meghan have long-standing military ties.
The royal couple had previously taken part in a junior driving competition, where they were driven around a small circuit in tiny Land Rovers.
Harry then took a full-size car to complete his own driving challenge, taking the course which included bridges, ramps and rocks.
Both Harry and Meghan share a long-standing commitment to supporting the military.
Harry, who served a decade in the military and completed two tours in Afghanistan, has previously taken part in events with the charity Walking with the Wounded as well as the Endeavor Fund.
Meghan, meanwhile, traveled to Afghanistan with United Service Organizations (USO) in 2014, which supports service members and their families.
Meghan joined the troops in the country with Army General Martin E Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Writing on Instagram at the time, she said: ‘In appreciation to our troops and the opportunity to personally thank them for their sacrifice and service.
“Such an honor and a very very blessed feeling. #USOtour.