Prince Harry first launched the Invictus Games in 2014 and since then has been a hot topic of discussion with his wife the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. The sporting event takes place every two years, and after the 2020 matches were delayed due to the Covid pandemic, the long-awaited event has divided fans online.
Harry and Meghan attended the Invictus Games 2022 in The Hague in the Netherlands.
Harry organized the event “to demonstrate the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and demonstrate life beyond disability”.
Despite the noble cause of the event, not everyone was a fan of the coverage they received.
Viewer @WildYonder2 tweeted: “It’s disgusting and despicable that the #InvictusGamesNL has turned into a Harry & Meghan show. #InvictusGames.”
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“My heart broke for him, he infuriated me and he made me proud. He grew up in public and is as flawed a human being as any of us. But our #PrinceHarry has created something truly wonderful in the #InvictusGames. #Let’s not forget that.” [Sic]
@CreateTC couldn’t say enough praise for Harry and said: “Prince Harry deserves an absolute world of credit for what he did with @WeAreInvictus.
“Phenomenal impact. I have absolutely no idea how the #InvictusGames (or even Harry himself) isn’t regularly touted as a major source of British national pride.” (sic)
Meghan paid tribute to her husband in a moving speech as she welcomed him on stage.
She gushed: “I couldn’t love and respect him more and I know you all feel the same because he is your fellow veteran, having served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and 10 years of military service. “
More than 500 competitors will attend the games during the week, with participants coming from 20 nations.
In the event’s six-year history, hundreds of surviving former military professionals have shown their appreciation for the event and how it has helped.
As a former military member, Harry founded the games to give other veterans and serving personnel the opportunity to participate in sports activities in which they specialized.
Now residing in California, Harry has returned to the UK twice since moving.
He returned once for Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, and a few months later to join his brother for the unveiling of a statue honoring his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Invictus games are covered on BBC One and on BBC iPlayer.