This is almost too much to handle!
On Monday, Prince Harry met up with the swoon-worthy Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. LOVES it!
The meet up between the two dashing power houses was in order to announce that the ginger royal’s Invictus Games will take place in Toronto in September 2017. AH-Mazing!
In a speech to call attention to next year’s games, the 31 year old opened up about the inspiration behind the contest for wounded warriors. He explained:
“February 2008 was an important moment in my life, when I was forced to leave Afghanistan… It was that flight home from Afghanistan which put me on the path to create the Invictus Games. While we sat waiting to board, the coffin of a Danish soldier was loaded onto the plane. Meanwhile many of those who I sat with were eagerly awaiting the journey home to their loved ones. For me this represented the stark reality and contrast of war. Once in the air, I stuck my head through the curtain to see three British soldiers ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ really young lads, much younger than me at the time ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ laid out on stretchers in induced comas; all three were wrapped in plastic, missing limbs with tubes coming out of them everywhere. This visceral image was something I’d never prepared myself for and had only heard of. It struck me that this flight was just one of many, carrying home men and women whose lives would be changed forever, and some who had made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Wow, powerful stuff! He continued:
“On returning home, I began to look for ways in which I could support those veterans who had returned with injuries that, in previous years, simply would have been un-survivable. And when I visited the Warrior Games in Colorado a year later, I knew what I had to do. Seeing so many men and women with similar injuries to those three young lads I’d seen on the plane five years before, competing against each other with huge beaming smiles, made me realize how powerful this concept was. Sport is what made the difference.”
Talk about being an inspiration! And it seems that the P.M. is all about this meaningful event, as he expressed in front of the cameras:
We can’t help but love them both!
Regardless, don’t be too jealous of Canada as Prince William‘s brother will be heading to Florida later this week to participate in a charity polo game AND kick off the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando. YASSS!
[Image via Kensington Palace/Instagram.]