Prince Harry attended the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games on Tuesday, 7 May, despite relinquishing his royal duties with wife Meghan Markle in March 2020. Harry flew from Los Angeles to the UK to celebrate the launch of the charity initiative’s new season. The games, which Prince Harry founded after serving in the British Army as an air traffic controller, are held every year to support sick and injured service personnel. In photos posted on the official social media account of the Invictus Games, Harry can be seen making a grand appearance at the event and greeting visitors, and later giving a speech to the crowd. He also took part in the IGF Talk: Building a Global Community panel before the games began.

Although in previous years the event has been held in Germany, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands, this year’s special celebration is the 10th anniversary, the 2025 event will be held in Vancouver. Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have traditionally continued to support the Invictus Games, which has repeatedly caused a wave of controversy at the palace, as they have publicly renounced royal duties and anything to do with life as a monarchy.

Now Harry and Meghan are receiving special attention in light of the illness of Charles III and Kate Middleton, who were diagnosed with cancer. Fans believe that such events could influence the Sussexes’ decision to leave their posts, with some speculating that they may return to their homeland. After news first emerged that the King was undergoing treatment for cancer, his youngest son flew urgently to the UK to visit the monarch. However, a spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex shared with reporters on Tuesday that despite their closeness to each other, Prince Harry will not be visiting his father on this trip due to a busy schedule related to the events of the Invictus Games.