Prince Harry learns Dutch for Invictus Games after news he won’t attend Philip memorial


Prince Harry brushed up on his Dutch in a new video released ahead of the Invictus Games which will take place in the Netherlands this year, hours after news broke he wouldn’t be attending Prince Phillip’s memorial

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Prince Harry learns Dutch words ahead of Invictus Games

Prince Harry is brushing up on his Dutch ahead of the Invictus Games next month, hours after news he won’t be attending his grandfather’s memorial service broke.

A video posted on social media shows Harry trying to learn the language whilst wearing an entirely orange outfit.

The Duke of Sussex was seen getting in the spirit for his trip to The Hague, Netherlands in a few weeks’ time.

The video came a day after it was confirmed that Prince Harry would miss his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service.

On Friday, a spokesperson for the Duke of Edinburgh said Harry will not return to the UK from the US to join the Royal Family at the high-profile occasion in Westminster Abbey on March 29.







The Prince donned the Dutch’s national colors for the video
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He hopes to visit his grandmother the Queen soon, the spokesperson added.

Prince Harry is not visiting due to security and safety concerns amid an ongoing court battle with the Home Office.

In a video retweeted by the Invictus Games Foundation, Harry appears on a video call learning Dutch from four people.

He says: “One more time guys, please, you know I need to get this right, and I really want to get it right as well, so how do I say ‘Good afternoon, you’ve done a great job’ in Dutch ?”







In the video he can be seen being taught Dutch by five others
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He is praised for his attempt at saying the sentence in Dutch, and then asks: “And what else, anything else I need to know?”

One of the people helping him says: “Can you say stroopwafel?”

And he replies: “Stroopwafel. Love those.”

Harry asks the people on the call: “Do you think I’m ready?”

And he is told: “We think you’re ready.”







The video hours after he confirmed he wouldn’t be returning to the UK for Prince Phillip’s funeral
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Speaking in Dutch, Harry says: “Thank you. See you soon in The Hague.”

Prince Harry is told not to forget his hat, at which point he dons an orange hat, orange sunglasses and unzips his jacket to reveal an orange T-shirt and stands up to show off orange trousers.

Pointing at the camera, Harry says: “Let’s go. We’re ready.”

The tweet says: “Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, is getting ready for the Netherlands with some Dutch lessons.







Harry set up the first Invictus Games in 2014
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“We look forward to giving him a warm welcome in The Hague.

“As we all prepare for The Games, our thoughts are with Team Ukraine, as well as their friends & family.”

The Duke of Sussex was inspired to found his Invictus Games after attending the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013 and seeing how the challenge of competitive sports aided the recovery of injured members of the American forces.







The Invictus Games will take place in The Hague from April 16-22
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He went on to stage the inaugural games in London’s Olympic Park in 2014, followed by Orlando in 2016, Toronto in 2017 and Sydney in 2018.

The Invictus Games will take place in The Hague from April 16-22.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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