From crazy Harry to compassionate Harry

August 17, 2018

 

You might think that someone born to privilege like Prince Harry would have little knowledge of what it’s like to live with disability.


However, you would be wrong. In 2014, after 10 years serving in the British Army, Prince Harry established the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick military personnel.


This year the fourth Invictus Games will be held in Sydney from 20–27 October.


The word invictus is Latin for unconquered and undefeated, and Prince Harry decided to establish this competition after seeing a similar American event, the Warrior Games. Prince Harry saw how the power of sport helped people physically, psychologically and socially, and he was determined to have this kind of event to help injured armed forces personnel with whom he had served.


In the 2017 Invictus Games held in Toronto, Canada, 550 competitors from countries all over the world competed in 12 sports—adapted for their needs—including archery, cycling, power lifting and wheelchair basketball.


Today, Prince Harry is the patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, as well as campaigning to raise awareness of the challenges facing service personnel suffering physical and/or mental injuries, and the long-term support needed in their rehabilitation journey.

It’s vital to get involved in the community and to do what we can to help our fellow human beings.

Precarious mental health is something Prince Harry has also had to deal with on a personal basis. The red-headed royal, once dubbed ‘Crazy Harry’, for his dubious list of social activities, has revealed that his life spun out of control as he desperately tried to bury the ongoing grief he felt after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was just 12.


With his brother Prince William’s encouragement, Prince Harry realised he had to face his demons.


“I started to have a few conversations, and suddenly all of this grief I had never processed started to come to the forefront, and I was, like, ‘There is actually a lot of stuff here that I need to deal with’,” he told forbes.com.


On Prince William’s advice, Prince Harry sought professional help.


“For me, my brother—God bless him—has been an enormous support,“ he said.


Prince Harry’s attitude to life now is that it’s vital to get involved in the community and do what we can to help our fellow human beings.


“Whoever you are, if you can’t affect politics and change the big things in the world, then just do whatever you can do—whether it’s in your local community, your village, your local church. Just do good—the good stories are what make people tick every day,” he said in an ITV documentary.


Sounds like good advice from a passionate young man who is now embracing life, love and service to others. 

 

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