Attention America: Prince Harry Is Here!

28 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Attention America: Prince Harry Is Here!.

After his arrival at a field house at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, Harry, 31, took the podium to deliver some brief remarks. As Prince Harry embarks this week upon his latest trip to the United States, the fact remains that the American public generally perceive him as the Playboy Prince, a rampaging royal party animal with a lifestyle that dreams are made of.

The appearance came two days after he joined brother Prince William and sister-in-law Princess Kate at the glittery premiere of the new James Bond film, Spectre, in London on Monday. Now 31, Harry, fifth in line to the British throne and dropping fast after the arrival of his brother Prince William’s two children, is very much a sportsman, and not just because he had the stamina to party with swimming star Ryan Lochte a couple of years ago and counts Usain Bolt among his pals. The former British Army captain, who completed two tours in Afghanistan, is in the U.S. for a whirlwind visit to promote his Invictus Games, which are set to take place next May in Orlando. No, it is because the formerly roguish royal has used the sheer power of his personality and connections to put together the Invictus Games, an Olympics-style event for wounded members of the armed forces. Prince Harry caused a stir when he visited the US in 2013 – screaming staffers at the White House made for a memorable spectacle – and Harry is back in USA today, for one day only, to promote the 2016 Invictus Games for wounded servicemen.

The visit was designed to draw attention to the mental health and wellbeing of service personnel as well as their physical health, and Harry attended an art therapy and a music therapy class. But it means more when the commitment is personal and all-encompassing. “It was almost surreal at the last Games,” Mickaela Richards, 27, told USA TODAY Sports. “The events were at the Olympic Park and there was Harry, racing around on a bicycle, going from event to event. I can only begin to imagine how challenging the journey of recovery is, but the admiration I have for these men and women, to move beyond their injuries, is limitless.” The Orlando event expects to welcome 500 competitors from 15 nations, competing in 10 sports. With William the future king of his nation, married these past four years and shouldering all the responsibility of a monarch in waiting, Harry was largely free to live it up. They have put their lives on the line for their country.” “Prince Harry actually helped me place my dog tag,” Ennis, who leaves memorial tags for her fallen comrades at stops along the walk, told PEOPLE. “He’s so understanding and really appreciated what I was doing.

Since his late teens, the English tabloids hungrily captured every snippet of his laddish lifestyle, portraying a roller-coaster ride of rubbing shoulders with famous faces and beautiful women. On that 2012 trip he even raced against Lochte in a Vegas pool, both clad in designer jeans, at the end of the kind of night in Sin City that, let’s face it, you wish you were a part of. They help bridge the gap that our injuries have created between us and society in many ways – which also brings people with disabilities closer to be able to solve their problems as a team instead of individually. He still, by all accounts, enjoys a good time as much as anyone, but his greater passion now seems to be in making a difference, with sports as his vehicle for good.

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