Prince Harry shared a special message on what would have been the start of the 2020 Invictus Games over the weekend.
In the video, shared to Twitter, the 35-year-old Duke of Sussex paid tribute to the wounded veterans and service men and women who were set to compete in the games that were postponed due to the coronavirus.
“As we commemorate V-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,” he shared.
“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,” Harry continued. “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.”
Harry also spoke about the virtual activities planned for the participants, in lieu of the in person sports.
“You never know, it may be fun and a change from the norm,” he added.
“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,” Harry also announced. “I am incredibly grateful for your continued support. Stay safe and this week, stay tuned, as we bring The Hague home to you.”
Watch the video below:
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