Prince Harry closed out the Invictus Games in Sydney with an emotional speech during the 2018 games’ closing ceremony.
The 34-year-old prince was preceded by wife Meghan Markle, who delivered an unexpected speech ahead of her husband’s remarks.
“It’s such an honour to be here tonight with all of you and supporting my husband at the Invictus Games, which he founded four years ago,” she said. “In a short span of time, the games have evolved into an international platform of some of the best athletics and sportsmanship you could ever witness, coupled with a camaraderie and close-knit community, which can only be defined as the Invictus spirit.”
The Duchess of Sussex spoke of her own personal experiences visiting military bases, where she “was given a very special glimpse into the lives of those who serve our countries. I was able to see the unshakable bonds between service men and women on the ground together, but at the same time to feel the palpable longing for family and friends while deployed.”
When it was Harry’s turn to take to the stage, he offered his thanks, particularly to the athletes who competed in the games.
“You have once again left us humbled and inspired by your example, by your determination, by your service and by your sense of humour,” said Harry in his speech.
“In a world where negativity is given too much of a platform, our Invictus competitors — many of whom have been given a second chance at life — are achieving extraordinary things,” the prince continued.