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Prince Harry Addresses Veterans In Heartfelt Speech: "You Have My Back"

Prince Harry addressed veterans in a heartfelt speech: "You have my back."
March 6, 2020 - 12:50 / Clemens Fanger

In a heartfelt speech, Prince Harry addressed his fellow veterans at the Endeavour Fund Awards on Thursday and thanked them for their ongoing support.

This coming Monday will mark the last royal engagement for Prince Harry before he and Duchess Meghan step back as senior members of the royal family. But while the royal couple are striving for more freedom and independence, the Duke of Sussex has not forgotten his key cause: veterans.

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Prince Harry to veterans: "You have my back"

The annual Endeavour Fund Awards, which Prince Harry attended with Duchess Meghan on Thursday, gave him a chance to address his fellow veterans in a moving and heartfelt way, just days before his royal exit.

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Tonight in London, for their third consecutive year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Endeavour Fund Awards, which celebrates the achievements of those veterans injured in service who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. By choosing to take on what seems impossible, these men and women not only set goals for themselves but have also inspired millions of people around the world. These annual awards bring together The Duke and The Duchess alongside wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans as well as their families, friends and supporters of the military community. The Duke, who founded the @EndeavourFund, spoke on the night: • "The Endeavour Fund came from seeing the gaping hole that can be left after taking off that uniform. The power that sport and adventurous challenge plays in recovery, yes; but most of all - the chance to be part of a team again while attempting to achieve unthinkable challenges - as if being shot or blown up wasn't enough, you guys continue to impress, inspire and challenge what it means to have a life changing injury." • Since its launch in 2012, the Endeavour Fund has supported 108 projects that have directly assisted over 6,000 of those injured in service. Congratulations to all those who participated in endeavours over the last year and inspired others to push the boundaries of what's possible! #EndeavorFundAwards

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"I feel incredibly lucky to be able to count myself as one of you, and I'm deeply proud to have served among you as Captain Wales," Harry said. "A lot of you tonight have told me you have my back. Well, I'm also here to tell you, I've always got yours.",

Duchess Meghan at the 2020 Endeavour Fund Awards.

The royal couple will soon be going back to Canada to start a new life with baby Archie on Vancouver Island, but even without being a senior royal, Prince Harry will still retain the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Commander and Squadron Leader, for now.

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It looks like the Duke will always be a military man: "The military was a part of his upbringing and his life. He brought a lot to those guys and understood things. It is sad," a palace insider has told PEOPLE before....