JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – The Duke of Sussex attended a reception to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Invictus Games, at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday night, and stepped out with his new private secretary Fiona Mcilwham. The Duchess of Sussex, meanwhile, stayed at home in Windsor to look after the couple’s young son Archie. Prince Harry, 34, was inspired to create the international multi-sport tournament for injured and wounded servicemen and women, after watching the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013. Guests include former competitors and their families, supporters of the Invictus Games movement and representatives from the military community. Harry made a speech after hearing former competitors JJ Chalmers from the UK and William Reynolds from the USA share their recovery journey post-Games.
The royal gave an emotional speech, telling the crowd that it had been “genuinely one of the greatest honours of my life” to work with the inspirational servicemen and women behind his Invictus Games. Dominic Reid, chief executive of the Invictus Games Foundation, then described Harry as “the beating heart of Invictus”. He said: “He’s driven this, he is responsible for this. It’s him that always drags us back to what this is about: the competitors, their recovery and their families”.