Prince Harry — finally — makes it to the Oval Office

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Charming Prince Harry and his ‘nice beard’ visit Washington.

2. The prince, in town to promote the Invictus Games for wounded service members, told Obama that he’d had “huge amounts of fun” stealing the idea for the international competition from the U.S.-based Warrior Games and then “making it better and now we’re giving it back to you.” The president called the international sports event — scheduled for May in Orlando, Florida — a way to make sure people see not only the sacrifices of wounded warriors “but also the incredible contributions, strength and courage that they continue to display.” The prince visited Fort Belvoir in suburban Virginia earlier in the day and threw down a friendly challenge to U.S. athletes interested in the games: “You better bring it, USA,” he told troops and veterans. Britain’s Prince Harry laughs as U.S. first lady Michelle Obama catches a basketball during a game played by wounded warriors at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. But instead, during His Royal Highness’s day-long visit to Washington on Wednesday, we got Ceremonial Harry, the military veteran who confabbed with POTUS in the Oval Office and squired the First Lady around Fort Belvoir like a real gent.

Belvoir before making remarks that gave a royal seal of approval to programs that help injured service members recover from the physical and emotional wounds of war. He has twice seen action in Afghanistan, once as a forward air controller with a cavalry regiment, and then as an Apache attack helicopter pilot. ‘It is a testament to the special relationship, the incredible bond that we share between our two countries. Harry, who served two tours in Afghanistan, recalled seeing the brutal injuries suffered by fellow service members, and said that’s when he found his mission — to help injured veterans “lead healthy and dignified lives after service.” During his stop at the base’s USO Warrior and Family Center, the prince also visited art and music therapy rooms. Greece’s government says it is preparing a rent-assistance program to cope with a growing number of refugees, who face the oncoming winter and mounting resistance in Europe. 4.

He admired an Uncle Sam mural painted by one former service member and tapped his toes to the jazzy strains coming from a drums-and-keyboard duo of Marines as he joked, “If I played an instrument, I’d join the band.” Harry, Mrs. So thank you very much.’ He was also ribbed about his new facial hair by a veteran White House correspondent, CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller, who is known among journalists covering the president for his beard, who said: to Prince Harry: ‘Nice beard.’ The exchange underlined the low-key style, and later, following his meeting with the President, the royal was at the residence of British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott where he met top brass from the U.S., UK, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands among others, as well as wounded servicemen. At least five migrants including three children, died after four boats sank between Turkey and Greece, as rescue workers searched the sea for dozens more, the Greek coastguard said. 8. He then joked: ‘Harry came in and said ‘I just got back from the White House and they were very supportive but I made a mistake and said the Games were in March!’ To laughter, Harry himself then took the stage, where he called upon Americans to take the Games to their hearts and added that he wants the event to be ‘in everyone’s diaries’. After that, the youngest son of Prince Charles attended an Invictus Games board meeting at the British ambassador’s residence, where he wore an “intent-listening” face and nodded as he got updates on the planning process.

He continued: ‘Just over three years ago in this room where we are standing today, I met a small group of wounded British Soldiers, who had just competed in the Warrior Games in Colorado. ‘Their enthusiasm for the games was infectious and I just had to see it for myself the next year. Rescuers on Tuesday rushed to deliver relief aid to victims of the massive earthquake that hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing at least 275 people over a wide swath of mostly mountainous terrain. Obama, who warmed up the crowd for Harry, took note of the excitement attached to the prince’s visit, telling the crowd, “Alright ladies, Prince Harry is here. The competitors were so inspirational that when I returned to London I was determined to take this idea to a bigger audience.’ ‘During the games we received a message from the wife of one of the US competitors. Finally, at the end of the day, there was a party at the the ambassador’s residence — but it hardly provided any temptations that might have loosened up the young royal.

Don’t act like you don’t know.” The 31-year-old prince, fifth in line to the throne, this summer ended his full-time service in the army and said he wanted to spend more time on charitable causes. It hurts me but at the same time I try to understand it’s not my fault. ‘”I wish I would’ve been able to bring them because they could’ve shared in his happiness. His hug with Sgt Liggens came as he spoke of the need for more help for those suffering ‘invisible injuries’, including the Marine, who is an eight-year veteran being given behavioral therapy at the center. Those traumatized by war were also the theme of Mrs Obama, who was supported by Dr Jill Biden, vice-president Joe Biden’s wife, as the three launched the 2016 Invictus Games. Harry, whose sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge has long championed mental well-being, said: ‘One thing we have to talk about more is breaking down these barriers around so-called invisible injuries, like post-traumatic stress, just as we have for physical injuries like the loss of a limb.

Richards, whose Royal Navy career when ended in 2011 following a car accident – she was an Able Seawoman on HMS Bulwark and now works for the England Rugby Football Union – was in Washington as part of the Royal retinue and to help promote the Games. He helps to get the message across.’ Cromey-Hawke, who was an officer in the Royal Engineers until earlier this year, is a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan and was badly hurt after the vehicle he was traveling in rolled over an IED close to Camp Bastion. ‘I didn’t think I was that badly injured so I stayed out and finished the job but when I got back to base, the doctors discovered that I’d fractured several vertebrae,’ he said.

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