PRINCE HARRY has been dealt a huge blow as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause disruption across the globe. This is the sad news Harry received on Thursday.
Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, will continue to honour causes and charities close to their heart in the wake of their royal step-down. However, one of Harry’s most treasured projects has been stalled amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
As a former military man, Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games for injured servicemen in 2013.
He was inspired to create the games after he saw firsthand how the Warrior Games in the USA helped veterans recover physically, psychologically and socially after suffering from injuries and illness.
Prince Harry remains an active patron of the Invictus Games and was very involved in organising the 2020 Games which were due to take place in the Hague in May.
However, on Thursday the Duke was dealt a blow when it became clear the games could not go ahead in the current coronavirus crisis.
Prince Harry heartbreak: Harry suffers huge blow amid coronavirus crisis (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry heartbreak: Harry founded the Invictus Games for injured servicemen in 2013 (Image: GETTY)
A statement shared on the Invictus Games official Twitter page read: “In light of the #Coronavirus #Covid19 pandemic, the decision has been taken that #IG2020, presented by @Jaguar @LandRover, can no longer take place as planned.
“Our intent is to reschedule the #InvictusGames, subject to the availability of facilities & resources, to May/June 2021.”
Prince Harry has since released a heartfelt message to Invictus Games fans and participants urging them to stay strong and hold on to the next games.
In a video shared by the Invictus Games Twitter account, Prince Harry said: ”This was an incredibly difficult decision for all of us to have had to make.”
Prince Harry heartbreak: Meghan joined Harry at the Invictus Games in Toronto before they were married (Image: GETTY)
He added: “I’m so grateful for everybody who has worked so incredibly hard over the last couple of week to try and find any alternative to try and carry out these games, in a different way and in a safe way.
“But this decision was the most sensible and the safest option for all of you and your families as well as everybody else involved in these games.”
He continued: “I know how disappointed you all must be. This is a focus that so many of you need.
“I would encourage you to maintain that focus as best you can.
“The good thing is 12 or so months to be even fitter, to get even fitter than you already are and be at your absolute top mental and physical fitness so in that sense I am really excited about the games next year.”
He added: “Please take care of yourselves, but do what you do best which is reaching out to other people, be it those that still wear the uniform, use to wear the uniform or just those people in your community who you know may be suffering or may be vulnerable during this period.
“Do what you do best and we will do everything that we can to get you a date and a time for you to show up next year. You’ll be the first to know.
“Again really sorry we couldn’t make this happened.
“But take care of yourselves and I’ll catch up with you soon.”
Prince Harry heartbreak: The Invictus Games 2020 have been called off due to coronavirus (Image: GETTY)
The Invictus Games is just one of many events cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak.
In the UK Glastonbury Festival has been put on hold as has the Grand National.
The Queen’s schedule has also been adapted to reflect Government guidelines.
She will no longer host Princess Beatrice’s wedding reception at Buckingham Palace on May 29.
A question mark now hangs over Beatrice’s big day and she may have to postpone the event entirely.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK