Prince Harry 'couldn't stay away' from this beautiful US soldier at Invictus Games

By Kirstin Buick
13 May 2016

Sergeant Elizabeth Marks, a military medic who was grievously injured in Iraq in 2010, earned an incredible four gold medals at this year's games.

He's known for his charming personality, but Prince Harry seems to have turned it up a notch for one lady in particular.

According to reports, enigmatic Harry has been flirting up a storm with Arizona-born Sergeant Elizabeth Marks, who competed in the swimming events at the Invictus Games for injured military and veterans.

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As the event organiser, the flame-haired prince has had a very busy week at the games, which was held in Orlando in the US from 8 to 12 May.

But the 31-year-old royal still found time to forge a bond with swimmer Sergeant Marks. According to the UK's Mirror, "flirtatious meetings between the two have set social media alight as the pair spent a number of hours together."

“As soon as they met they just hit it off,” a spectator told the outlet.

“Sergeant Marks is extremely attractive and Harry clearly took a little bit of a shine to her after all what she has achieved.

The duo were first photographed in deep conversation after the 25-year-old came first in the 100 metre freestyle race, during which Harry appeared to be admiring her impressive full-leg tattoo.

Soon after, Elizabeth -- who won an incredible four gold medals at the games -- gave one of her golds back to Harry, asking him to give it to the staff from a British hospital who saved her life in 2014.

"When she asked for her medal to be given to doctors and nurses who saved her life back home he, like all of us, was bowled over,” the spectator added.

The following day the duo met up again while watching a wheelchair rugby event, greeting each other with a cosy kiss on both cheeks.

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Prince Harry also paid his new friend a visit in the swimmer's tent, where he had her in hysterics after attempting to fit into her team jacket.

Elizabeth is a military medic who was grievously injured in Iraq in 2010, leaving her with no feeling in her left leg, MailOnline reports.

After three surgeries, Elizabeth, who joined the army when she was just 17, regained enough mobility to walk, with swimming making up a major part of her rehabilitation.

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This was how she discovered she had an incredible talent for swimming, and traveled to the UK in 2014 to compete on her first Invictus Games.

But upon landing in the country, Elizabeth became gravely ill when she collapsed with a lung condition.

"I was in hospital in London and went into respiratory distress syndrome, they shipped a team down from Papworth who put me on to ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) life support and that ultimately saved my life," Elizabeth said.

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"But they absolutely saved my life and I can't thank the UK enough for having that kind of medical support and taking such good care of me."

"So I gave Prince Harry one of my medals and hope it will find its way back to Papworth."

According to the BBC, Elizabeth was inspired to give her 100m freestyle gold to the hospital as it had been touched by the prince.

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Sources: Mirror, MailOnline, BBC

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