Prince Harry hugged a wounded hero today as he hailed American and British veterans at the launch, with First Lady Michelle Obama, of the Invictus Games 2016.
Prince Harry Launches America’s Invictus Games With Michelle Obama?? Yes! The prince, a veteran of the war against the Taliban, put his arms round US Marine Sergeant Roderic Liggens as he and Mrs Obama toured the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, close to Washington D.C.
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.
The games, for wounded service personnel of both countries and others, first took place in London last year. They are based on the Warrior Games which took place in Colorado in 2013.
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.