Harry and Meghan arrived a little late to the Endeavour Fund Awards ceremony, and the sad reason has now been revealed.
Grieving mum Viv Johnston revealed in an interview with the Mirror, whose special forces son Danny, died by suicide last year, revealed meeting she had with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex before the awards ceremony, which is why the event was delayed.
“Me and my family were invited to the awards ceremony and we were told that Harry and Meghan would like to meet us.”
They chatted about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with Harry saying that more needs to be done to help veterans, while Meghan asked Viv about how she was coping.
Viv continued: “Three very panicked blokes came in at one stage and said, ‘Sir, we have to go, people are waiting’ and he said, ‘Well, I’m talking,’ and we carried on chatting,” said Viv.
When the Duke and Duchess arrived at the ceremony, the Duchess soon went on stage, wearing a poignant wristband that Viv gave her.
Viv recalled how she gave the Duchess the wristband, saying: “They were both so genuine and were really sad to hear about what happened to Dan but they were also really interested in the All Call Signs organization. Harry wanted to know why and how it was set up and how the organization worked.
“I explained that it was an early-warning system to get vulnerable veterans or service personnel who go missing to be found quickly and he said he thought it was a great idea. I then asked if he would like an All Call Signs wristband.
“I expected someone to take them away once I handed them over but both he and Meghan smiled, said thank you and put them straight on.”