Before his appearance at the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, Prince Harry attended an awards ceremony in London. At the event he remembered his grandmother, who died a year ago.
Prince Harry traveled to Great Britain on a flying visit on Thursday and attended an awards ceremony organized by the WellChild organization in London. At the ceremony at the Hurlingham Club, he posed laughing for photographers and chatted animatedly with the young winners. But he also didn’t leave his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II unmentioned – after all, it was the eve of the first anniversary of her death. Prince Harry loudly told those present “Hello!”, saying that they “look down on all of us” and are “happy that we are together.”
Prince Harry remembers the Queen in his speech
It is Harry’s first visit to his native Britain in three months. He has been a patron of the charity WellChild, which supports seriously ill children and their families, for 15 years. He takes part in the awards ceremony every year – except for 2022. On stage he recalled: “As you know, I couldn’t attend the awards ceremony last year because my grandmother passed away. As you probably also know, she would be the first who would have insisted that I come to you anyway instead of going to her.” He continued, “And that’s exactly why I know that tonight, exactly one year later, she’s looking down on all of us and happy that together we continue to shine a spotlight on such an incredible community.”
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As the British newspaper reported, the highest level of secrecy was in place in London because of Harry. The location of the award ceremony was not announced in advance for security reasons. However, there was no sign of this tension during the event: Harry sat with seriously ill children and their families at a reception before the ceremony, talked to them about their interests and hobbies and joked with balloons. The Duke of Sussex took time with each honoree. His wife Meghan was not there this time. She regretted that, Harry said.
According to British media, there was no meeting with his father King Charles III during Harry’s stay in London. or his brother Prince William.
Prince Harry travels on to Düsseldorf for the Invictus Games
The 38-year-old last appeared publicly in Britain in June when he gave evidence at the Supreme Court in the Mirror Group Newspapers trial. As in previous times, he kept his stay in his homeland quite short: he arrived on Thursday morning – he is expected in Germany tomorrow, Saturday. The Invictus Games begin in Düsseldorf. The international sports competition for injured military personnel is considered a project close to Prince Harry’s heart. That’s why he will also be a guest on the ZDF program “Aktuelles Sportstudio” on Saturday evening.
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