‘He Is Truly Our Prince Charming’: Michelle Obama and Prince Harry Join Forces to Open His Invictus Games

'He Is Truly Our Prince Charming': Michelle Obama and Prince Harry Join Forces to Open His Invictus Games

The second-ever Invictus Games began on Sunday night, with the help of friendly foes Prince Harry and Michelle Obama.

The British royal and FLOTUS helped kick off the multi-sport event for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

While addressing ceremony attendees and competitors, the prince said that he felt like he was “at home” while looking at the faces of fellow servicemen and women.

“I learned about the importance of teamwork and camaraderie that only military service can teach you,” he said. “I joined the army because for a long time I just wanted to be one of the guys.”

Keep up with Michelle Obama in the pages of PEOPLE Magazine by subscribing now.

‘He Is Truly Our Prince Charming’: Michelle Obama and Prince Harry Join Forces to Open His Invictus Games| The Royals, Michelle Obama, Prince Harry
First Lady Michelle Obama hugs Prince Harry at the opening of the Invictus Games
CHRIS JACKSON / GETTY IMAGES FOR INVICTUS

‘He Is Truly Our Prince Charming’: Michelle Obama and Prince Harry Join Forces to Open His Invictus Games| The Royals, Michelle Obama, Prince Harry
Prince Harry poses for pictures with the children of servicemen
CHRIS JACKSON / GETTY IMAGES FOR INVICTUS

While highlighting the injured men and women competing in the games, Harry also took a moment to highlight those veterans (and non-veterans) who were struggling with invisible injuries like mental health issues, something he touched on before the Games.

“Let’s cheer for the woman who fought through post traumatic stress and let’s celebrate the soldier who was brave enough to get help for his depression … They weren’t too tough to admit that they struggled with mental health.”

After his rousing speech – which was occasionally punctuated by laughs and knowing smiles at those in the audience – Harry handed off to Obama, who thanked the royal for his work with the Games.

“He is truly our Prince Charming isn’t he? He should be proud of himself for his work,” she said.”

During the ceremony, Team USA Captain Will Reynolds talked of how he brought the Invictus flag to the States.

“Now the Invictus Games flag is approaching the stadium,” announcers told the crowd. Two Black Hawks with two men winched down into the stadium.

It turned out that one of them was Staff Sgt. August O’Niell, a former paratrooper, who was injured in Afghanistan, who took it on its final leg of its journey into the stadium accompanied by his companion dog Kai.

The first standing ovation of the night went to the group of wounded, sick and injured ex-servicemen and women, brought together eight weeks ago and taught by British choir master Gareth Malone.

They bear scars both “visible and invisible” Malone told the stadium before they sung “Flesh and Blood” which they wrote themselves about their experiences.

The Invictus Games include 10 different events like wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing, and are similar to the U.S. Warrior Games. Harry launched the international competition in 2014, and it has since grown to over 500 competitors from 14 countries.

USA USA here come the 113 m-strong USA team @InvictusOrlando pic.twitter.com/4mgSF4lwRo
— Simon Perry (@SPerryPeoplemag) May 9, 2016

British flag leading the UK team out @InvictusOrlando

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *