The Duke of Sussex spoke of the inspirational attitude of participants in the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games, in the Netherlands, saying the “wound is where the light enters you”
Prince Harry talked of the resilience of the athletes at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games where he said the “wound is where the light enters you.”
The Duke of Sussex quoted the Persian poet Rumi, from the 13th century, whose words of encouragement and wisdom, were popular amongst the athletes at the Invictus camp, he said.
Harry founded the Invictus Games to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe, by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.
Speaking at the closing ceremony in The Hague in the Netherlands, Harry told the audience of how the “wound is where the light enters you.”
He continued: “You have all summited your mountain. And I could not be prouder of every single one of you.
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“We, your friends and family, could not be prouder of who you are and what you represent, especially given what it’s taken to get here. Mindset is everything.”
He added: “From interviews that Invictus did across the park this week, and as some of you have shared with me personally, many would have taken their own life had it not been for these games.
“You made the choice to be here, to stay with us, to grow with us, and I can’t explain how much it means to me and how much all of you mean to us. So thank you.
“This is a blueprint of what the wider world needs today – the power of resilience, the power of healing and the power of recovery. So if, or when, you feel alone, please know that you are not alone.
“This community is with you. We are all with you. To friends and family, we wouldn’t be here without you. We thank you for sharing and shouldering the weight of our wounds, from vulnerability comes strength, and together all of us.” are defining the Invictus generation, in or out of uniform we stand up to injustice.
“We defend those that need defending. Service and sacrifice is in our blood and don’t you ever forget it.”
Harry said he was “honoured” to have served alongside “all of you here tonight”, adding: “Thank you for your service and we’ll see you in Dusseldorf.”
The closing ceremony came after Harry was joined by King Willem-Alexander at the wheelchair basketball final.
The duke enjoyed a quiet drink with friends on Thursday night at O’Casey’s Irish Pub in the city. Pub owner John Gulay, 51, said Harry had a single pint of Guinness before switching to lemonade.
Harry and wife Meghan made their first public appearance together in Europe since quitting as senior working royals more than two years ago when they attended a reception at the games last Friday.
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Harry attended events every week that coincided with the fallout from his chat with a US television network.
In his interview with NBC’s Today show he said he wanted to make sure his grandmother was “protected” and had “the right people around her.”
Harry did not elaborate on whether he was referring to royal aides or members of his own family.
A camera crew filming for a Netflix documentary called Heart Of Invictus – a series from Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Productions following people competing at the event – was seen close to the couple during their time at the games.
The crew continued to film Harry and competitors after Meghan left earlier this week, and often a drone could be seen hovering above events. Harry and Meghan signed a multimillion-pound deal with streaming giant Netflix in 2020.