Prince Harry is known for his rugged good looks and his slightly rebellious streak. He also made headlines when he served on the front lines in Afghanistan.
But what you might not know is that when he came home from war, Prince Harry decided that he would dedicate his life to the physical and mental rehabilitation of war veterans across the world.
This article is based on an interview conducted by “Good Morning America.” To see the interview in full, check out the link at the end of the article.
After what was supposed to be a twenty-week long tour in Afghanistan, Harry came home when the British Military learned that there was a planned attack on the royal son’s life. Sad to leave his fellow soldiers, Harry got on a plane back to England.
“I suddenly I found myself on a plane. While I’m sitting there and I look through the curtain in the front, there are three of our lads wrapped up in plastic missing limbs. I thought to myself, people don’t get to see this. That’s how it all started for me. These people are role models and need to be celebrated more amongst society.”
When he got home, Prince Harry was determined to continue supporting the brave men and women served his country as well as other countries across the world.
He became interested in events that promoted the physical and psychological rehabilitation of war veterans. In 2013, he attended and played in the US Warriors games, a sporting competition for wounded, ill, and injured servicemen and veterans.
But Harry was determined to do something in Britain, as well.
“Over those ten years [in the military], I [was] been given an amazing amount of knowledge and experience where I am now perfectly positioned to be their voice and champion their cause.”
So he got an idea.
Prince Harry was inspired to start a veterans sporting event of his own, and in 2014, launched the Invictus Games in London. The website describes the event as “[using] the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.” The inaugural games were hosted in London in 2014, but the location changes each year. This year, the games will be held in Orlando, Florida. In 2017, the games will be held in Toronto, Canada. **Continue The Story Below**