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The Duke of Sussex dialled into a video call with Invictus Games competitors, from his new family home in Santa Barbara.
Prince Harry made his first appearance from the new “family home” he has bought with wife Meghan Markle.
Harry, 35, joined former Invictus Games competitors as part of the virtual ‘At Home Superhero Trio’ – which has seen them racking up some serious mileage at home as they take part in a new “ultra-flexible 20km challenge” to replace the annual August event, Superhero Trio.
The father-of-one shared some friendly banter with JJ Chalmers – an Invictus Games medallist – who quipped that he’d “tried to book Captain America, but I managed to get Captain Wales.”
The Duke joined in with the fun and said, “The banter certainly hasn’t improved in the last few months, that’s for sure.”
Praising their efforts on taking part in the epic challenge, Harry said, “With lockdown and everything else that’s been going on and The Hague being postponed as well, surely this was an amazing opportunity for you guys to come together not only to do the physical side, which is improving your mental fitness, but to be together as a team doing something like this, and having a goal and a purpose and to some extent a distraction from the day to day life.”
Taking the event online during the global pandemic has also allowed a digital community to flourish among the Invictus community.
“It’s so important to know that if you’re going to have a bad day, if you’ve had a bad week, or you’ve experienced more trauma or another loss, or more stress in your life that you’ve got at your fingertips, whether it’s a WhatsApp group, whether it’s an online support group or whatever it is, or whether it’s just the Invictus community, you’ve always got one, well not even one, you’ve got at least a handful of people that you can reach out to.