Prince Harry? More like "Prince Charming"… according to Michelle Obama, that is!
The royal and First Lady helped kick off the second Invictus Games on Sunday night, where wounded, injured, or sick armed services personnel competed in the multi-sport event at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida!
Before the event commenced, Harry spoke out on the injured men and women who would be competing in the games, also taking the time to highlight those who were struggling with mental health issues.
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"Let's cheer for the woman who fought through post traumatic stress and let's celebrate the soldier who was brave enough to get help for his depression… They weren't too tough to admit that they struggled with mental health."
After his touching speech, the 31-year-old handed the mic off to FLOTUS, who thanked him for his dedication to the games, gushing:
"He is truly our Prince Charming, isn't he? He should be proud of himself for his work."
You took the words right out of our mouths!
Earlier in the day, Prince
Charming Harry joined former president George W. Bush at a symposium on Invisible Wounds at the George W. Bush Institute in Orlando.
During the event, they discussed efforts to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health problems — specifically with veterans with issues like PTSD and depression.
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After being introduced by Laura Bush, Harry spoke to the panel about smashing the stigma for "invisible injuries," explaining:
"The Invictus Games in 2014 in London smashed the stigma around physical wounds. What I really hope for Orlando is that we can do the same for Invisible injuries."
Harry explained that he has spoken to many people with severe PTSD and other varying degrees of depression and anxiety, and they all said the same thing. He continued:
"If you can deal with it soon enough, if you can deal with it quick enough, and have the ability and the platform to speak about it openly, then you can fix these problems. And if you can't fix it, you can at least find coping mechanisms. There's no reason people should be hiding in shame after they've served their country."
We couldn't agree more!
We're so proud of the royal for doing so much to help those suffering from illness — both visible and invisible — to rid themselves of the stigmas in which held them back for years.
Check out some highlights of the night (below) to see clips of the opening ceremony — including Harry's inspiring speech!
[Image via Instagram.]
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