Prince Harry surprised attendees of the 2023 Warrior Games by making an appearance and delivering a passionate speech. The event, held in San Diego, is an annual celebration of the indomitable spirit of wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veteran U.S. military service members from all branches of the U.S. military. Harry, who is a veteran himself, has made it his mission to support and empower as many ex-military personnel as he can.
During his speech, Harry expressed his gratitude to the attendees, saying “My spirit is renewed, so thank you, every single one of you,” which was met with loud cheers and applause. Earlier in the day, he was spotted watching the seated volleyball competition and cheering on the players. The official Twitter account of the Warrior Games shared pictures of the Prince laughing with servicemen and women and engaging with participants, highlighting his dedication to the cause.
Harry’s Ongoing Dedication to Supporting Military Personnel
Harry’s attendance at the Warrior Games highlights his ongoing dedication to supporting military personnel and raising awareness about the importance of mental health and overall well-being within the armed forces. He resides with his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and their children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet in Montecito, about 200 miles north of the games venue.
In 2014, Harry established the Invictus Games, providing a platform for injured service members to compete in various sports. His commitment to supporting military personnel extends beyond just sporting events, as he has made it his mission to empower veterans and their families through various initiatives and partnerships.
Harry’s recent trip to the UK, where he gave evidence in court in a lawsuit against Mirror Group Newspapers, did not deter him from attending the Warrior Games. While on the stand, he spoke about the destructive role that the media played in his childhood. It is unknown if Harry met up with his father King Charles or his brother Prince William during his UK jaunt, but both were in London at the time. He could have also used the opportunity to meet the royal family’s newest arrival, Princess Eugenie’s newborn son Ernest.
Overall, Prince Harry’s surprise appearance at the 2023 Warrior Games was met with enthusiasm and appreciation from attendees. His ongoing dedication to supporting military personnel and raising awareness about mental health and well-being within the armed forces is commendable and continues to make a significant impact.