Prince Harry says 'you shouldn't feel lost without a uniform' after being stripped of military titles
17.09.2023 - 22:53
A usually stoic Prince Harry became visibly moved when he told veterans at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games they "shouldn't feel lost without a uniform" - three years after he was stripped of his military titles. He made the touching remarks during his emotional speech at the closing ceremony in Düsseldorf, Germany, watched by wife Meghan Markle in the audience.
The Duke of Sussex told the crowd - made up of veterans from the competing nations - that they had shown him that "joy can emerge from struggle", and offered them a words of comfort about their military uniforms.
"A week ago, I stood here and told you about the significance of being able to wear your nation's flag again," he began. "And so many of you have told me that that hit you right here [touching his heart]." He continued, "For many of you, the uniform you've been wearing this past week will give you a new story to tell.
And for others, it may give your old uniform new meaning. "But I'm here to remind you that after all this, you don't need to rely on a uniform, nor should you ever feel lost without one." The Duke, 39, was officially stripped of his own military titles when he and Meghan left the UK in 2020 to move to America, relinquishing their roles as active royals.
He was given special permission by King Charles III to wear his uniform again while he stood vigil beside the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth, his grandmother, last year. However protocol dictated that he wasn't allowed to wear the ER (Elizabeth Regina) badge, something he was reportedly "heartbroken" about, as it's only permitted to be worn by Royal Family members "in service" of the reigning monarch.
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