While Prince Harry is proud of his work with the Invictus Games over the past five years, the royal is a little less-than proud of one particular speech.
In a new video posted on his and wife Meghan Markle’s Sussex Royal Instagram page, the Duke of Sussex got real about the nerves that came along with hosting the very first Paralympics-style event in London.
“On the night, we had the lecture or podium right in front of all the competitors so I could just see all their faces, and they started chanting,” Prince Harry recalled. “I was so nervous. I was shaking.”
He added, “I knew I had a certain window to be able to get my words out, and we were also running behind. So I rushed it. It was probably one of the worst speeches I’ve ever given.”
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But despite the failed speech, Harry says the UK’s victory over the U.S. in wheelchair basketball during the first event made up for it.
The Invictus Games first took place in London on Sept. 10, 2014. During the 2017 games, Harry and his now-wife made their first public appearance together while at the games in Toronto.