Prince Harry Addresses Invictus Games And Lockdown In New Video Message
Prince Harry makes a new appearance in a video message on what would have been the first day of the 2020 Invictus Games. Watch the video below, where he reveals new plans for the Games despite the current lockdown.
The 2020 Invictus Games were postponed until 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The event, which was created by Prince Harry in 2014, was to be held in The Hague, Netherlands.
On May 9, Prince Harry appeared in a new video message that addresses what to expect for the week of the Games (May 9-16) despite the postponement.
"As we commemorate VE Day this weekend, and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, we should've also been gathering together in the Netherlands to kick start the Invictus Games 2020 in The Hague," Harry began.
"Life has changed dramatically for all of us since I was last in The Hague, but the IG2020 team has done an incredible job to adapt so quickly to the situation, and are busy planning dates for next year," he said.
"The new dates will be shared with you very soon. I hope all of those in the Invictus family are coping well and supporting each other through these challenging times."
Marking what would have been the Opening Ceremony for the @InvictusGamesNL, our Patron The Duke of Sussex shares his best wishes to supporters and competitors, and outlines plans this week to bring The Hague home to you: pic.twitter.com/HLRnzCk9cu— Invictus Games Foundation (@WeAreInvictus) May 9, 2020
Prince Harry encourages virtual activities during lockdown
In the video, the Duke of Sussex goes on to promote new virtual activities during the Invictus Games' week in lockdown.
"I continue to hear amazing stories of families coming together on online platforms," he revealed.
"But please look out for those who have gone quiet or are no longer visible on the chat sites. You guys are the best at this, so I have no doubt you are all running around and supporting one another."
"Alongside the virtual activities from the team in The Hague, I am delighted that the Invictus Games Foundation will be hosting a virtual conference with international speakers and participants sharing their thoughts and experience of resilience and why the Invictus spirit is so important.
"I am incredibly grateful for your continued support. Stay safe and this week, stay tuned, as we bring The Hague home to you."
Prince Harry's Invictus Games will go on (online, for now)
The Invictus Games typically see wounded, injured or sick (WIS) armed services personnel and veterans compete in a range of adaptive sports.
Prince Harry, who served in the Army for over 10 years, founded the event. This year, it appears he has organized an online celebration of its importance in place of the actual Games.
The Prince and Jon Bon Jovi had earlier collaborated on a charity single for the 2020 Games as well. Watch for updates on the rescheduled Games in The Hague!