Prince Harry will be spending a lot more time in this country very soon – and it's not Canada or the UK

2020-01-16 11:56
 
Prince Harry

Cape Town – Prince Harry broke his silence for the first time since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's bombshell announcement last week – and with a new and exciting announcement of his own!

"I hope everyone in Germany is ready for what will be an incredible week of sport," Harry wrote on Instagram with a video announcing the location for the 2022 Invictus Games. "I have no doubt that the German public will get right behind these Games and that every single competitor can expect a warm welcome and an amazing atmosphere," the duke said.

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Here we come Düsseldorf ????! The new home for the 2022 and sixth Invictus Games. Having previously been held in London, Orlando, Toronto, Sydney, and upcoming The Hague this year in May - Düsseldorf will welcome over 500 competitors as they showcase their talents, determination and camaraderie to the world! The #InvictusGames is an international adaptive multi-sport event, created by The Duke of Sussex, in which wounded, injured or sick (WIS) armed services personnel and veterans show the world what they’re capable of in a series of adaptive sports, ranging from wheelchair basketball to indoor rowing. The Duke, having spent 10 years serving in the Armed Forces, set up the @WeAreInvictusGames to celebrate the power of sport rehabilitation (both physically and mentally) and to generate a wider appreciation for those who served their country beyond their time in uniform. Participating in the Games plays a significant part in the recovery journey of WIS Servicemen and women. It doesn’t just heal the individual, it heals the whole family. • “I hope everyone in Germany is ready for what will be an incredible week of sport! I have no doubt that the German public will get right behind these Games and that every single competitor can expect a warm welcome and an amazing atmosphere.” – The Duke of Sussex For more information of the announcement, visit https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/ig2022-announcement/ Video © @WeAreInvictusGames

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"Having previously been held in London, Orlando, Toronto, Sydney, and upcoming The Hague this year in May – Düsseldorf will welcome over 500 competitors as they showcase their talents, determination and camaraderie to the world," the Instagram post continues.

The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans show the world what they're capable of in a series of adaptive sports, ranging from wheelchair basketball to indoor rowing. It plays a big role in healing recovering servicemen and women, and is a cause close to the Duke of Sussex's heart, having spent 10 years serving in the armed forces.

The Duke created the annual event in 2014 to shed light on rehabilitation through sport while showing a wider appreciation for those who serve their country.

Prince Harry will be spending a lot of time in the Netherlands this year for the 2020 Games, but before then he'll be staying in the UK carrying out various engagements while Meghan does the same in Canada.

On Thursday, 16 January, with his first solo engagement of 2020 – and since announcing the news he'd be stepping back as a senior member of the royal family – Harry will host the Rugby League World Cup Live Draw from Buckingham Palace. He also helped launch a Mental Fitness Charter with The Rugby League World Cup 2021.

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Introducing the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Mental Fitness Charter - a new initiative created by the RFL that will champion the importance of good mental fitness and create sustainable legacy the sport can be proud of. The Duke was announced Patron of the Rugby Football League in December 2016, after it was given to him by Her Majesty The Queen. He is proud to support the Rugby League and the steps made to improve the sport! The initiative announcement comes ahead of today’s live RLWC2021 World cup draw with The Duke of Sussex, alongside representatives of all 21 nations involved, in Buckingham Palace. By “the final whistle of the final game” of @RLWC2021, the charter commits to: • - Train every player, team official, match official, teammate and volunteer to look after their own mental fitness and the mental fitness of those around them. - Support tournament players to take their experiences home and develop mental fitness awareness within their own Rugby League communities. - Deliver mental fitness workshops to 8,000 young Rugby League players, and their parents. - Train grass roots coaches to continue delivering mental fitness workshops and leave a sustainable tournament legacy. This comes at a vital time for both the sport and mental health awareness, with suicide being the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 here in UK. Given that 93% of the 42,000 Rugby league players and 70% of spectators are male, the mental fitness charter is of huge importance to help educate both players and audiences of the benefits of looking after one’s mental wellness. Video © @RLWC2021

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