Harry looking forward to Invictus Games as he tells of ‘healing journey’

The duke sent a good luck video message to competitors ahead of the tournament in Dusseldorf, Germany, next month.

The Duke of Sussex says he “can’t wait” for the Invictus Games in Germany next month, vowing the 2023 tournament will be the best yet.

Harry, in a video message to competitors marking one month to go to the event in Dusseldorf, wished the teams good luck and described how everyone is on a continual “healing journey”.

Singer Rita Ora was meanwhile announced as a headline act for the Invictus closing ceremony on September 16.

The King’s youngest son Harry, who is on a trip to Asia, attended a power of sports summit in Tokyo on Wednesday, ahead of his charity Sentebale’s fundraising polo match in Singapore on Saturday.

He was joined in the Japanese capital by long-time friend, Argentinian polo player Nacho Figueras, who posted a photo of the pair wearing sunglasses and captioned “Shopping for our wives”.

The Duchess of Sussex has remained in Montecito, California, with the Sussexes’ children Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.

Harry said in his video message: “I can’t wait to see all of you and have the whole community together once again. It’s been too long.”

He added: “You’re all on different parts of your healing journey.

“We all are, we always will be. But I can assure you that this experience you’re gonna have will hopefully be life changing, and you’ll come out of it a better person for sure.”

Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023
Harry and Meghan in Dusseldorf, Germany, for the Invictus Games One Year To Go event last September (Joe Giddens/PA)

Harry, who will travel to Dusseldorf where the Games will begin on September 9, said: “Thank you for your service. Thank you for your commitment, your determination getting to this point… We’re gonna have a lot of fun.”

He added: “It’s gonna be the best games ever – best games yet.”

Twenty one nations, including newly added entrants Colombia, Israel and Nigeria, will take part in the paralympic-style games for injured and sick military personnel and veterans, which was founded by Harry in 2014.

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