Invictus Games will witness the Duchess of Sussex proudly cheering for Nigeria this year, as Prince Harry unveils her newfound Nigerian heritage.
Launching the event at Dusseldorf’s Merkur Spiel-Arena on Saturday evening, Prince Harry emphasized that while they don’t ‘play favorites,’ this revelation is bound to add a touch of friendly competition between the couple.
Prince Harry addressed the packed arena, expressing his excitement about welcoming new nations: ‘Let’s hear it for Colombia, Israel, and Nigeria.’ He playfully added, ‘Now I’m not saying we play favorites in our home… but since my wife discovered her Nigerian descent, it’s likely to get a little bit more competitive this year.’
The Invictus Games, founded by the Duke, serves as a platform for the rehabilitation of injured and sick military personnel and veterans worldwide through sports, akin to the Paralympics. This year’s competition will run until September 16.
In total, 550 sick, wounded, and injured former and current military personnel from 21 countries will participate in 10 team and individual sports.
Team UK, led by Royal Navy submarine officer Lieutenant Commander James Rogers, receives support from the Royal British Legion in partnership with the Ministry of Defense.