PRINCE HARRY’S departure from the Royal Family has angered Invictus Games volunteers.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are quitting royal duties for a new life in North America. But the move has prompted a furious reaction from some Invictus Games volunteers.
One volunteer said: “I am just bl***y angry.
“There is this expectation that we go out and flog ourselves and find support bringing in cash for Invictus.
“He could make this a whole lot easier if he did something as well. He could text anyone.”
Another complained Harry had left the UK without thanking volunteers or reassuring them about his future involvement with the charity as he forges a new life away from the monarchy.
Prince Harry’s departure from the Royal Family has angered Invictus Games volunteers (Image: GETTY)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are quitting royal duties for a new life in North America (Image: GETTY)
They told The Times: “Everybody has been unwavering until now, but everybody feels they have been dropped like a bad habit.”
But Invictus medallist John-James “JJ” Chalmers insisted the games must “stand on its own feet”.
He said: “I am grateful he created the games. It changed my life and it changed the lives of others.
The move has prompted a furious reaction from some Invictus Games volunteers (Image: GETTY)
“But it is not called Prince Harry’s Invictus Games. It is called Invictus Games and it must stand on its own feet.
“It’s not about a prince, it’s not about Prince Harry. It’s about wounded, injured and sick veterans overcoming adversity to inspire others.”
It comes as Harry and Meghan Markle officially end royal duties on March 31, when they will stop representing the Queen and become financially independent.
The first Invictus Games was staged by Harry in 2014 (Image: GETTY)
The Invictus Games Foundation supports the international multi-sport event for injured or sick military personnel (Image: GETTY)
Harry will team up with Jon Bon Jovi later this month for one of his last royal engagements.
The pair are meeting at Abbey Road Studios in London on February 28, where the musician will re-record his song Unbroken in aid of the Invictus Games Foundation.
The charity song will feature the Invictus Games Choir and will be released in March.
The first Invictus Games was staged by Harry in 2014.
Harry pictured at the 2014 Invictus Games (Image: GETTY)
The Invictus Games Foundation supports the international multi-sport event for injured or sick military personnel.
The Sussexes will attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 9 in what is likely to be their last official engagement.
They will also attend a string of other engagements in the run up to the service.
The couple will make an appearance at the Endeavour Fund Awards, which recognises wounded, injured and sick service personnel, on March 5.
Harry and Meghan’s final royal engagements (Image: EXPRESS)
The following day Harry will join Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton at the official opening of the Silverstone Experience, a museum about British motor racing.
On March 7 the Sussexes will step out for the Mountbatten Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall.
And Meghan will mark International Women’s Day on March 8.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK