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Prince Harry will return to Britain next month

Prince Harry will return to Britain next month

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Prince Harry on stage during the closing ceremony of the 2023 Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, Germany.


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Prince Harry He will return to the UK in May to mark the anniversary of the Invictus Games, the biennial sporting competition he founded a decade ago.

It was announced on Sunday that the Duke of Sussex will deliver a reading at a ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral in London on May 8, marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games and their founding.

The last time the prince returned to his homeland was last February, for a quick visit after the visit of his father, King Charles. Cancer diagnosis It has been announced

Harry spoke about the diagnosis later in the month, telling ABC's “Good Morning America” ​​that he “jumped on a plane and went to see him as soon as I could.”

“I love my family. The fact that I was able to get on a plane and go see him and spend any time with him, I'm grateful for that,” he added.

It was not immediately clear whether the prince would meet his relatives during the trip next month.

The Duke and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, moved to the United States in 2020. In the years since, Harry, 39, has made several fleeting trips to the UK, most notably attending Queen Elizabeth II's funeral in 2022 and his father's coronation last year.

It is also not yet clear whether Meghan will accompany her husband to the Invictus celebration. But it may be difficult for the mother-of-two, as the event in St Paul's takes place two days after Prince Archie's fifth birthday on May 6.

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Buckingham Palace announced that Charles, who is still undergoing treatment, He is scheduled to return to public duties Tuesday. His medical team were said to have been “pleased enough” with his progress and “remained positive” about his recovery.

His diary will be carefully managed by making decisions about the events he will carry out around the time in consultation with his doctors. The palace said the king will not implement a full summer program, but will welcome Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako for a state visit in June.

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Prince Harry speaks with wheelchair basketball players during the launch of the Invictus Games at the Copper Box Arena in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in March 2014.

The Invictus Games were created by Prince Harry after his deployment to Afghanistan. They are intended to support the recovery of wounded, injured and ill service members and veterans, according to The institution's website.

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The next Invictus Games will be held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada in February 2025. More than 500 competitors from more than 20 countries will compete in adaptive sports such as indoor rowing, seated volleyball, swimming, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair basketball.

Winter sports will also be played for the first time at the Vancouver Whistler Games, including alpine skiing and snowboarding, nordic skiing, biathlon, and wheelchair curling.

The Games will be held in partnership with First Nations “in the spirit of truth and reconciliation with Indigenous communities,” Harry said on the Games' website.

Meanwhile, the prince's office confirmed to CNN on Sunday that he and Meghan will travel to Nigeria in May.

In a press statement, the Nigerian Defense Headquarters expressed “honor and happiness” about the Duke and Duchess’ journey.

“During their stay in the country, they will meet service members and be hosted in an array of cultural activities,” the press release said.

The possibility of Nigeria hosting the Invictus Games in the future will also be discussed, according to the press release.

On her podcast PrototypesMarkle has previously said that she is “43 percent Nigerian.”