The 2020 Invictus Games were originally scheduled to take place in the Hague this month. Due to the coronavirus crisis, they've been postponed until next year—but the organization is still doing what it can for veterans, including Invictus Games founder Prince Harry.
A video message from the royal was posted on the Games' official Twitter on May 9, when the event was once scheduled to kick off. Harry sits in front of wall (presumably in his and Meghan Markle's L.A. home), wearing a simple black polo.
"Hello everybody. As we commemorate V-Day this weekend, and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire second World War generation, we should've also been gathering together in the Netherlands to kick start the Invictus Games 2020 in The Hague," Harry said in the video.
"Life has changed dramatically for all of us since I was last in The Hague, but the IG 2020 team has done an incredible job to adapt so quickly to the situation, and are busy planning dates for next year. The new dates will be shared with you very soon," he added. "I hope all of those in the Invictus family are coping well and supporting each other through this challenging time."
The Prince explained that Invictus was working to bring participants some digital programming, including "virtual activities from the team in The Hague" and "a virtual conference with international speakers and participants." He concluded, "I am incredibly grateful for your continued support. Stay safe and this week, stay tuned, as we bring The Hague home to you." Watch the video in full below.
Marking what would have been the Opening Ceremony for the @InvictusGamesNL, our Patron The Duke of Sussex shares his best wishes to supporters and competitors, and outlines plans this week to bring The Hague home to you: pic.twitter.com/HLRnzCk9cu
— Invictus Games Foundation (@WeAreInvictus) May 9, 2020
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