The world has changed “dramatically” amid the coronavirus pandemic, Prince Harry said in a weekend video address.
Harry, whose baby Archie with wife Meghan turned 1 this week in Los Angeles, should have been kicking of his Invictus Games in the Netherlands on Sunday, a series of athletic competitions for injured service members similar to the Paralympics.
But the event, which coincided with the VE Day 75th anniversary commemoration, was postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Harry’s video on the foundation’s Twitter account Saturday specifically addressed the Invictus community.
“Life has changed dramatically for all of us,” Harry said, telling the Invictus community to continue “supporting each other through this challenging time. I continue to hear amazing stories of families coming together over online platforms.”
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Harry, a longtime champion of mental health issues, urged followers to watch for people who might not be faring so well mentally in these trying times.
“Please look out for those who have gone quiet or that are no longer visible on the chat sites,” said Harry. “You guys are the best at this, so I have no doubt you are all running around and supporting one another.”
“Although we cannot be together in person,” Harry urged members to take part in virtual activities planned during the week.
“You never know, it might be fun and a change from the norm,” he said.
The events will include Invictus competitors showing “their experience and resilience in dealing with mental health challenges. It’s something we can all learn lessons from,” he said.
“I’m incredibly grateful for your continued support,” Harry said in closing. “Stay safe and, this week, stay tuned.”
New dates for the Invictus Games will be announced “shortly” he said.
Royal expatriates Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex celebrated Archie’s first birthday in their Los Angeles quarantine home last week with a rare Instagram video.