Tuesday Sep 14, 2021
The White House on Sunday said the US First Lady Jill Biden will host a virtual event along with Britain’s Prince Harry for athletes involved in the Warrior Games, an event for wounded US military veterans.
The US Department of Defense Warrior Games, first held in 2010, is normally an annual event "that celebrates the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veteran US military Service members," the Office of the First Lady said in a statement.
The 2021 Warrior Games were scheduled to start this week in Orlando, Florida, "but were canceled to ensure the health and safety of the athletes and their families due to COVID-related concerns," the statement read.
Prince Harry, a combat veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan, is founder of The Invictus Games, a multi-national sports event for wounded service members and veterans. He first attended the Warrior Games in 2013 in Colorado.
Commenting on the White House statement, royal biographer Angela Markle said, "Harry went to USA deeply depressed. Watched the Warrior Games and thought wounded UK military could try it too. Invictus Games grew from that but at first USA rather annoyed he pinched the idea."