Prince Harry has made a surprise appearance in a new video to celebrate this year's London Marathon.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Virgin Money London Marathon must take place remotely in 2020, with participants completing the 26.2 mile run in their own communities. Prince Harry shared some words of encouragement with those taking part, in a video that was posted to Instagram on Saturday.
The official London Marathon account shared the video along with the caption, "A special message from the Duke of Sussex to the 45,000 people taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday. ❤️."
As the Duke of Sussex told runners in the video, "This year sadly it's not possible for everybody to run together on the streets of London in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon." The duke continued, "Instead, 45, 000 runners from across the U.K., and 109 countries around the world, will run the 40th race in their own way, taking on the 26.2 miles, in their own communities."
"Thanks to all of you, the extraordinary spirit of the London Marathon will continue to shine across the globe," Prince Harry told viewers. "While we won't be together in person, we are together in spirit. And the amazing tenacity of runners from around the world is a reminder of our strength and sense of community during these difficult times."
Harry said, "I also want to say a huge thank you for everything you are doing to support so many charities who need our help now, more than ever."
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