Prince Harry, who is sporting a sexy ginger beard nowadays, is in the United States to attend the Invictus Games board meeting. The First Lady made her the envy of all women when she was able to enfold the fifth in line to the throne in a warm hug.
The Invictus Games 2016 will be held in Orlando, Florida from May 8-12 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. As part of his visit in Washington for the board meeting, Prince Harry first toured the USO Warrior and Family Center at the Fort Belvoir military base with Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. They met with wounded servicemen and women who are recovering from the war.
Introducing Prince Harry before his speech at the center, Mrs. Obama made the women whoop first by teasing them a hug with Prince Harry. “Come on ladies, Prince Harry is here. Don’t act like you don’t care,” the first lady said before wrapping the prince in a hug. The women at the center were thrilled and whooped in unison.
Just when the women thought they had enough of the prince, the ginger-bearded lad made them fall all the more with his impassioned speech recalling his deployment to Afghanistan. “I am in no doubt that my two deployments to Afghanistan changed the direction of my life. There is very little that can truly prepare you for the reality of war. The experiences can be stark and long lasting,” the prince said.
Prince Harry shared that during his return flight to the UK after his first deployment, he was with three critically injured British soldiers, all in induced comas. Also in the flight was a Danish soldier, killed in action. “It hit me then that this flight was one of many, carrying home men and women whose lives would be changed forever, and some who had made the ultimate sacrifice,” the prince said in his impassioned speech. “From that moment, I knew I had a responsibility to help all veterans, who had made huge personal sacrifices for their countries, to lead healthy and dignified lives after service,” Prince Harry shared emotionally.
The prince also talked about his aim of breaking down the barriers around the so-called invisible injuries, like post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. He thanked the First Lady and Dr. Biden in their work to highlight the issue so that people suffering are no longer afraid to ask help.
Prince Harry championed the Invictus Game after being inspired by the Warrior Games he attended during a visit to Colorado in 2013. Coming back home, he then directed his charity, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, to hold the same event in partnership with the Ministry of Defense.