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Prince Harry will not meet King Charles during his UK visit | UK News

The Duke of Sussex arrived in the UK for events marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, including a ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral.


Tuesday May 7, 2024 3:26 p.m., United Kingdom

Prince Harry will not meet the king during his visit to the United Kingdom, according to Sky News.

The Duke of Sussex is in London for an event celebrating 10 years of the Invictus Games.

This is the first time the royal has come to the country since his rushed visit see the king in February after the monarch’s cancer diagnosis.

The king held an audience with Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka at Buckingham Palace today while Harry was seen in the UK.

Earlier, a Sky News camera filmed Prince Harry arriving at the headquarters of the Honorable Artillery Company, on the outskirts of the City of London, for a day-long summit, called the Invictus Games Foundation Conversation.

The conference looks back at the ten-year history of the games which Harry founded in 2014 as a Paralympic-style sporting event for injured and ill military personnel and veterans.

This will take place ahead of a ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of the games.

The ceremony will be the first major event Harry has attended in Britain for some time.



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A Sky News camera captured Prince Harry arriving at an Invictus event in central London

Harry hails legacy that ‘transcends sport’

Speaking in the foreword to the summit which takes place today ahead of the St Paul’s service, Harry said: “It has been an honor to see the Invictus Games Foundation grow over the years; What began as a vision to honor the courage and resilience of wounded, injured and ill service members and veterans, has grown into an international organization built on hope, strength and unity .

The Duke also wrote: “We look forward to once again celebrating the Invictus spirit – exemplified in every competitor, staff, friend and family member – your commitment, enthusiasm and belief has been the driving force behind our continued success.”

He added: “Together we have created a legacy that transcends sport; a community that embraces compassion, respect and an unwavering belief in the power of the human spirit. As we celebrate this milestone, let us reaffirm our commitment to the Invictus mission.



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King Charles during an audience with the Prime Minister of Fiji, Sitiveni Rabuka, at Buckingham Palace today. Photo: PA

A Hollywood star will be present at the Saint-Paul service

It is not known whether other members of the Royal family will be present at the ceremony at Saint-Paul Cathedral on Wednesday.

British actor Damian Lewis will recite the poem Invictus during the service.

Representatives from all nations participating in the Invictus Games, including injured and ill military personnel as well as the veteran community, will also be in attendance.

The Duke of Sussex himself served in the British Army for 10 years from 2005 and was deployed to Afghanistan twice.

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Harry was inspired to found the Invictus Games after attending the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013 and seeing how injured U.S. military personnel rose to the challenge of participating in competitive sports that contributed to their recovery.

He then organized the inaugural games at the Olympic Park in London in 2014, followed by those in Orlando in 2016, Toronto in 2017 and Sydney in 2018.

Harry was living with his wife Meghan in California since stepping down as senior royals in March 2020.

The couple have two children together – Archie and Lilibet.

Harry’s latest visit to the UK follows reports of a rift between him and his brother William, the heir to the throne.

In a revealing book published in January last year, Harry made several explosive claims on the royal family – detailing the fallout with her family, including William.