The Invictus Foundation has had its biggest year yet in terms of revenue and in no small part due to a large donation from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Invictus using the tagline “using sport to change lives” draws its focus from Harry’s background in the armed forces.
Invictus boasted an income of £1.77 million last year, compared to £1.06 million in 2019. Of which, according to recent sources, £500 thousand was a donation from the Cambridges.
A courtier has recently shared, “Prince William and Catherine always supported Harry’s efforts to establishInvictus and “They are delighted that it has been a success”.
Their donation figure of £560,984 meant that Invictus was able to enjoy its “best year yet” surpassing its previous end of year figures.
Support of this amount is surprising from the couple, especially regarding Harry’s situation with the rest of the royal family and comments made from Harry and wife Meghan during the Oprah Winfrey interview last March.
With statements that, allegedly, Kate had made Meghan cry before her 2018 wedding and racist remarks were made towards Harry and Meghan’s unborn child.
A statement later issued by Buckingham Palace said “The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning” and said that “while some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately”.
Sport “can help physically, psychologically and socially those suffering from injuries and illness” according to Prince Harry’s personal experience at the Warrior Games in the USA in 2013, with that the idea was born.
Invictus was set up in 2014, the charity is a sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both those still currently serving and veterans. It draws upon the meaning of the word ‘invictus’, the games intend to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation post-injury for those who served.
In 2022, the international sporting event will take place in the Hague, Netherlands, before heading to Germany in 2023.
Harry has a history of charitable endeavors. Meghan and himself, upon stepping back from the Royal Family, have set up their own charitable foundation called Archewell.
Archewell now also includes a business division after the pair signed a Netflix deal estimated to be worth £75m.
Most recently Harry has been involved with the Wethe15 campaign, which derives its name from the percentage of the global population who live with disabilities.
It is intended to promote visibility, accessibility and inclusion, and eradicate discrimination when it launches ahead of the Tokyo Paralympics, running August 24 – September 5.
Wethe15 has been backed by the Invictus Games Foundation.
“Everybody at the Invictus Games Foundation is honored to join the WeThe15 campaign and believe in its mission to inspire meaningful change in communities around the world,” said the Prince.