USA - 2016 - Invictus Games in Orlando - Wheelchair Rugby Gold Medal Match

On Monday evening, Prince Harry made a very special appearance at a virtual White House event. Dr. Jill Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hosted an event online to support and honor wounded warriors. Why this event? Because the 2021 Warrior Games were supposed to happen this week in Orlando, but they were cancelled because of the pandemic. The Warrior Games were the precursor/inspo event for Harry starting the Invictus Games. The Warrior Games are just for American veterans and wounded warriors to compete athletically. When Harry went to the 2013 Warrior Games, he was amazed by the event and hellbent on creating a global event for wounded warriors for all nations.

I’m including the video below, cued up to Harry’s intro and then his speech. He’s lovely, and he’s obviously Zooming in from Montecito. I do wonder if they really had to cancel this year’s Warrior Games? Perhaps they didn’t want to do a vaccine mandate and mandatory testing protocols for the athletes, so they just cancelled it outright. I mean, I understand why the Invictus Games had to be postponed, because that involves international travel and hundreds (if not thousands) of foreign visitors. But the Warrior Games are just for Americans. Maybe the issue was the location: the heart of Florida, and the heart of the nation’s Covid surge. Anyway, we missed out on seeing Dr. Biden and Prince Harry interact. The Bidens adore the ginger prince.

Prince Harry received at British Ambassador's Residence in USA

Prince Harry received at British Ambassador's Residence in USA

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid.





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