He may no longer have figurehead roles in the British military but that hasn’t stopped Prince Harry speaking out following the Taliban’s capture of Afghanistan after the US withdrew its troops from the war-stricken country.
In a statement today, the royal, who spent 10 years in the British army including two tours to Afghanistan, and his American wife, Meghan Markle wrote, "The world is exceptionally fragile right now. As we all feel the many layers of pain due to the situation in Afghanistan, we are left speechless."
They also said they'd been left "heartbroken" by the "growing humanitarian disaster in Haiti" after the country's recent earthquake.
The couple called on people to "join us in supporting a number of organisations doing critical work" before concluding that "as an international community, it is the decisions we make now - to alleviate suffering among those we know and those we may never meet - that will prove our humanity."
Yesterday Harry released a statement with fellow Invictus board members - Dominic Reid, CEO of the Invictus Games, and Lord Allen, chair of the Invictus Games Foundation - implored military veterans “to reach out to each other and offer support for one another”.
“Many of the participating nations and competitors in the Invictus Games family are bound by a shared experience of serving in Afghanistan over the past two decades, and for several years, we have competed alongside Invictus Games Team Afghanistan,” the statement read.
“We encourage everybody across the Invictus network – and the wider military community – to reach out to each other and offer support for one another.”
He did not venture into the controversy surrounding America’s withdrawal of its troops in the country over the past few months.He started the Invictus Games, an international sporting event that caters specifically for servicemen and -women who’ve been injured or have an illness from the line of duty, in 2014.
The games have been postponed for two years due to the pandemic but are scheduled to go ahead on 29 May 2022 in The Hague in the Netherlands.
In April Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, announced they’d be producing a documentary about the games as part of their mega-deal with streaming giant Netflix.
The series, which falls under their newly formed Archewell Productions, will reportedly see the prince take on the role of executive producer in addition to appearing in front of the camera.
SOURCES: TOWNANDCOUNTRY.COM, NEWS.SKY.COM, DAILYMAIL.CO.UK