Five years ago Prince Harry gave a speech at the Invictus Games-not a very good one, to say the least, and after all this time the Royal has finally opened up about that not so great moment.
The royal posted on his @SussexRoyal Instagram page, which he shares with his wife Meghan Markle, a video in which the 34-year-old royal about all the anxieties he had with hosting the very first Paralympics-style event in London. He talked about how he worried about everything, from the weather cooperating for the outdoor ceremony to whether people would actually come, and of course, he had a speech to prepare.
“On the night, we had the lecture or podium right in front of all the competitors so I could just see all their faces, and they started chanting,” Prince Harry recalled. “I was so nervous. I was shaking.”
“I knew I had a certain window to be able to get my words out, and we were also running behind. So I rushed it. It was probably one of the worst speeches I’ve ever given,” he added with a laugh.
Harry also talked about one of his favourite Invictus Games moments, one being the U.K. victory over the U.S. in wheelchair basketball during the first event, stating that was what he is proud of most.
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Today marks the 5 year anniversary of the #InvictusGames! These games have made it possible for thousands of wounded and injured servicemen and women to use the power of sport to rehabilitate themselves and those around them, while inspiring people all over the world. • “Thank you to everyone who has played a part in the Invictus movement, from you the competitors and your families, to the thousands of volunteers and supporters – you have all guarded the Invictus spirit, while creating a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country at home or abroad. Thank you for the inspiration, thank you for the laughs and thank you for the memories! I’m so proud of everything we’ve achieved together. Once served always serving!” – The Duke of Sussex The @WeAreInvictusGames was founded by The Duke of Sussex in 2014 after he saw the power of sport in recovery while visiting the warrior games in Colorado Springs USA. The Duke was so moved by what he witnessed, he felt inspired to expand this concept on a global scale. Since then this non profit organisation has staged games in London 🇬🇧 Orlando 🇺🇸 Toronto 🇨🇦 and Sydney 🇦🇺 and next year’s games will be held in The Hague 🇳🇱 in May 2020. . #FavouriteInvictusMoment Video ©️ SussexRoyal
The first-ever Invictus Games were held in London on September 10, 2014. On Tuesday, Harry stepped out to attend a reception for past and present competitors and their families at The Guildhall. The party “celebrates the power of the Invictus Spirit in changing people’s lives and demonstrate the leading role of the Invictus Games Foundation in delivering and inspiring recovery and rehabilitation through international sport and competition,” his office at Buckingham Palace said.
There he delivered a speech, much better than his first one, and listened to former competitors JJ Chalmers, from the U.K., and William Reynolds from the U.S., who talked about their recovery journeys after taking part in the Invictus Games. The games share tons of similarities with the U.S. Warrior Games, which was created back in 2010 by the United States Department of Defense. Harry has previously stated that the inspiration for his own games came when he travelled to Colorado to watch a British team compete at the games in 2013.
In 2017 the games were held in Toronto, Canada-and were popular for one more thing other than the sports. It was the place where Prince Harry first stepped out in public with his then girlfriends Meghan Markle. Last year the games went to Sydney, Australia, just after the couple had announced that they were expecting their first child.
in 2020 the Invictus Games will be taking place in Hague, The Netherlands.