The Duke of Sussex, 36, co-hosted the virtual event with Jill Biden. The royal was expected to appear in person for the 2021 Warrior Games in Orlando, Florida, but the in-person event was cancelled due to Covid safety concerns.
The 36-year-old prince appeared alongside the First Lady, Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and Ken Fisher, CEO of Fisher House Foundation.
While speaking at the event honouring those taking part in the Warrior Games, Harry said the pandemic has “flipped life upside down for so many people”.
“I am so sorry that we’re not all together at the Warrior Games where we should be,” the prince said.
“The pandemic has certainly changed or flipped life upside down for so many people.”
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Harry founded the Invictus Games in the UK after being inspired by the US Warrior Games.
“I will never forget that first visit that I had to the Warrior Games, which inspired me to create the Invictus Games and the Invictus Games never would have been created had I not been inspired by every single one of you, and your companions, and the families for everything that you give to the service of this country,” the royal said at the virtual event.
While the Duke and Duchess stepped away from being working members of the Royal Family, Harry remains a private patron to the Invictus Games, the foundation’s CEO has said.
A statement from CEO Dominic Reid said: “We are proud to have The Duke of Sussex as our patron.
“The Invictus Games was founded by him, it has been built on his ideas and he remains fully committed to both the Games and to the Invictus Games Foundation.”
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A press release from the White House stated the Warrior Games “share a deep bond” with Harry’s Invictus Games.
Jill Biden was also expected to appear in the in-person event before it got cancelled.
Speaking at the start of the virtual event, First Lady Jill Biden said: “Twenty years ago our world broke apart and the shockwaves of 9/11 continue today, but as the President and I visited the September 11 memorials this weekend I was reminded of the humanity that shined through the inhumanity of that day.
“There was a call to defend the values we hold dear as we waged a global war on terror and a courageous group of men and women stepped forward to say ‘me, I will go’.
“And that includes you, Harry, you live by a simple principle, serve together, recover together.”