Prince Harry Gives Statement to Veterans Amid Situation in Afghanistan

Prince Harry has a message for veterans. In a joint statement issued on Monday, the 36-year-old Duke of Sussex, the Chair of the Invictus Games Foundation Lord Allen, and Invictus Games CEO Dominic Reid addressed the Taliban rule taking hold in Afghanistan.

“What’s happening in Afghanistan resonates across the international Invictus community,” begins the statement, which was shared on the Invictus Games’ Twitter. “Many of the participating nations and competitors in the Invictus Games family are bound by a shared experience of serving in Afghanistan over the past two decades, and for several years, we have competed alongside Invictus Games Team Afghanistan.”

The statement concluded, “We encourage everybody across the Invictus network — and the wider military community — to reach out to each other and offer support for one another.” 

On behalf of the @weareinvictus community on the unfolding events in Afghanistan: pic.twitter.com/djvQnWxekP

Harry himself served in the British Army for 10 years, including two tours in Afghanistan. 

Over the past few days, the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years as the United States military continued its planned withdrawal. The militant group has taken over major cities, causing many to attempt to flee the country, including Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. 

Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games Foundation in 2014 to help wounded servicemen and women in the United Kingdom and around the world “harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.” 

For more on the foundation, watch the video below.

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