Prince Harry pays tribute to terror victims

Violet Powell
June 7, 2017

Britain's Prince Harry launched the countdown to the 2018 Invictus Games today in Sydney, marking 500 days until the event's opening ceremony.

Speculation is mounting that Prince Harry is about to gatecrash the British and Irish Lions rugby tour of New Zealand.

Sure enough, he took time to shake hands and pose for photos - NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian even stepping in to act as royal photo taker as one fan handed over her iPhone to get the flawless shot.

"It is, as Prince Harry opportunity to use the healing power of sport to help them rebuild their lives", Mr Turnbull said.

The prince is also expected to visit Sydney Olympic Park, a key site of the 2000 Olympic Games, during his time in Australia.

The two fans were part of a 200-strong crowd who waited in the rain to catch a glimpse of Harry as he walked around Circular Quay after watching a sailing demonstration as part of the 2018 Invictus Games preparations. I have no doubt that the Sydney public will make these games their own.

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It was just one of the small acts of kindness he displayed throughout the day, making sure he stopped to say hello to as many royal fans as possible. "And our hearts go out to the victims, their friends and families".

"When a bomb left a number of people with life-changing injuries in Manchester last month, wounded veterans, including Invictus team members, immediately offered themselves up to provide advice and support to the victims through their recovery process", Harry said.

While there were fans who reportedly anxious about the Prince being in the rain without an umbrella, Harry appeared unfazed by the downpour, saying "this is not British weather this is rain".

He touched on the global terrorism threat, saying that it was important to focus on "positive" events like the Invictus Games when we live in such "challenging times".

The prime minister also thanked Prince Harry for his "sympathy, for the condolences, for the solidarity you show us" in the wake of the latest terror attacks in London - with the most recent attack on London Bridge killing two young Australian women and injuring another two.

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