December 9, 2022

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  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kissed on stage earlier than delivering a speech on the opening day of the Invictus Video games
  • The Duke of Sussex spoke about his son Archie’s potential profession aspirations throughout his speech
  • Prince Harry mentioned he advised their eldest youngster that his character is what issues most to them

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle each took the stage at the opening ceremony of this yr’s Invictus Video games.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are within the Netherlands for the fifth Invictus Video games. The royal couple every gave a speech when the occasion kicked off in The Hague Saturday after being pushed again for 2 years.

Prince Harry, 37, started his speech by sharing a kiss with Markle, 40, earlier than occurring to reward the video games’ contributors as position fashions and share his 2-year-old son Archie’s potential profession aspirations.

“To be position fashions, or the position fashions that every of you might be, takes energy and it takes braveness,” Prince Harry was quoted as saying by Folks. “Once I speak to my son Archie about what he needs to be when he grows up, some days it is an astronaut, different days it is a pilot — a helicopter pilot clearly — or Kwazii from ‘Octonauts.'”

Prince Harry then revealed the one expectation he and Markle have of their son no matter what profession Archie pursues sooner or later.

“However what I remind him is that it doesn’t matter what you wish to be whenever you develop up, it is your character that issues most, and nothing would make his mum and me prouder than to see him have the character of what we see earlier than us at present,” mentioned the duke, who additionally shares 10-month-old daughter Lilibet Diana along with his spouse.

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Previous to Prince Harry’s speech, Markle thanked the Netherlands for the nice and cozy welcome and for internet hosting the annual occasion. She additionally acknowledged every group current within the competitors, noting that it took quite a bit bodily and emotionally to be there, particularly for group Ukraine, whose nation continues to battle again towards Russia’s invasion.

“One factor I do know for certain is that each single second it has taken to get right here will likely be value it, as a result of it’s right here, on the Invictus Video games, that we honor your years of lively responsibility on the sector and your continued service to your nation, to your loved ones and your neighborhood off the sector,” Markle mentioned.

The previous “Fits” star additionally gave a shoutout to the family and friends members who’re current to help the veterans within the competitors.

“That is service, that is dedication and that is the Invictus household,” she concluded.

The fifth Invictus Video games have been initially scheduled for 2020, however the occasion was delayed till 2021 after which once more to 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Markle beforehand joined Prince Harry on the 2017 Invictus Video games in Toronto, Canada, the place they made their official public debut as a pair. She was by his facet once more in 2018 for the Sydney Video games, shortly after the couple introduced they have been anticipating their first youngster.

Earlier than heading to the Netherlands for this yr’s video games, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid a quick go to to Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Fort in London. In addition they met with Prince Charles throughout their U.Ok. cease, however it was reported that Prince William and Kate Middleton weren’t concerned within the assembly.

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The Invictus Video games in The Hague runs from April 16 to 22. 

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS – APRIL 16: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the opening ceremony of the Invictus Video games at Zuiderpark on April 16, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. Picture: Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Photographs

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