Meghan gushes over ‘incredible husband’ Harry at Invictus Games opening ceremony

The loved-up couple gave individual speeches at the event at the Zuiderpark stadium in The Hague (Picture: PA/Getty)

Prince Harry and Meghan shared a kiss on stage after arriving hand in hand for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Invictus Games.

The loved-up couple gave individual speeches at the event at the Zuiderpark stadium in The Hague.

The Duchess of Sussex started by saying ‘everyone is standing with’ the Ukraine team amid the Russian invasion.

To huge applause, Meghan said: ‘Good evening everyone. We are so grateful to the Netherlands for welcoming us and for hosting the Invictus Games.

‘For each team, my husband and I both recognise it’s been a lot to get here, both physically and emotionally. Not least of which for the Ukraine team, who we are all standing with.’

Meghan paid tribute to the service and dedication of all those participating in this year’s games.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex both gave speeches at the Invictus opening event (Picture: PA)
Harry founded the event for injured serviceman (Picture: AP)

She said: ‘One thing I know for sure is that every single moment it has taken to get here will be worth it, because it is here at the Invictus Games that we honour your years of active duty on the field and your continued service to your country, to your family and your community off the field.

‘Thank you so much for your service and thank you to all the family and the friends that are here, who’ve been supporting you along the way. Because this is service, this is dedication and this is the Invictus family.’

Introducing her ‘incredible husband’ onto the stage, Meghan said she ‘could not love and respect him more’.

She said: ‘It is my distinguished honour to introduce someone that I think you’ll all be very excited to hear from.

Meghan paid tribute to Team Ukraine in her opening speech (Picture: PA)
Harry paid tribute to the ‘boundless humility’ of those who helped make the event happen (Picture: AP)

‘He has also spent many late nights and early mornings planning for these games to make them as perfect as possible for each of you.

‘I could not love and respect him more and I know that all of you feel the same because he is your fellow veteran, having served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and 10 years of military service.

‘He’s the founder of the Invictus Games, and the father to our two little ones, Archie and Lili. Please welcome my incredible husband, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.’

Harry gave his wife a kiss as he took the mic to give his own speech.

The duke founded the Invictus Games to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe, by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.

He paid tribute to the ‘boundless humility, the compassion and the friendship’ of those involved in making the event happen.

He said: ‘I want to personally thank the people of the Netherlands for welcoming us with such warm Dutch hospitality.

‘And thank you to the Dutch government, the Ministry of Defence and the Dutch royal family for their support in making this all happen after a two-year wait.’

He also paid tribute to the ‘bravery’ of Team Ukraine in choosing to attend the games, echoing his wife’s sentiment that everyone stands with them.

He said: ‘Your bravery in choosing to come and for being here tonight cannot be overstated.

‘You told me yesterday when you decided to join us despite all odds, you said you came to be on this global stage, not simply to show your strength but to tell your truth, the truth, of what is happening in your country.

‘You know we stand with you. The world is united with you and still you deserve more.

‘And my hope is that these events, this event, creates the opportunity in how we as a global community can better show up for you.’

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