Barack Obama, Prince Harry

Prince Harry gives royal push for Invictus Games for troops

WASHINGTON:  Britain’s Prince Harry made an Oval Office confession to President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

The prince, in town to promote the Invictus Games for wounded service members, told Obama that he’d had “huge amounts of fun” stealing the idea for the international competition from the U.S.-based Warrior Games and then “making it better and now we’re giving it back to you.”

Obama made clear he didn’t mind.

The president called the international sports event — scheduled for May in Orlando, Florida — a way to make sure people see not only the sacrifices of wounded warriors “but also the incredible contributions, strength and courage that they continue to display.”

Harry spearheaded the first games, in London last year.

The prince visited Fort Belvoir in suburban Virginia earlier in the day and threw down a friendly challenge to U.S. athletes interested in the games: “You better bring it, USA,” he told troops and veterans.

During his visit to the base, the prince, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, high-fived two rows of wheelchair basketball players at Ft. Belvoir before making remarks that gave a royal seal of approval to programs that help injured service members recover from the physical and emotional wounds of war.


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