The Duke of Sussex provided some much-needed cheer on Saturday night with a surprise appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.
Harry delighted fans as he showed his support for Strictly contestant and fellow veteran JJ Chalmers via video-link from his home in California. In his typical cheeky fashion, the duke teased his friend's "nice tan", "tight blue shorts" and "socks pulled up", before sharing words of encouragement.
"You are definitely having an impact on society now," Harry said. "It doesn't get better than that. When I first met JJ he was a shell of himself, but then to see you shine through Invictus, that was the start of an amazing journey."
Prince Harry made a surprise appearance on @bbcstrictly tonight to (virtually) cheer on pal, former @RoyalMarines and @WeAreInvictus medalist @JJChalmersRM, who is competing on the show. “I’m so proud, genuinely proud that here you are in this position now,” the duke told him. pic.twitter.com/p3vOlIbGm6
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) November 14, 2020
Harry continued: "I'm so genuinely proud. You're not a dancer, proving that you can do anything you put your mind to, which is amazing."
Speaking about Harry, JJ added: "If Prince Harry had not created the Invictus Games, I would not have had that catalyst moment that changed my life forever."
Many fans were in agreement that Prince Harry was looking "relaxed", "happy" and "glowing" during his brief cameo on the BBC One series, remarking that life in California was clearly treating him well.
One viewer wrote: "#PrinceHarry on #Strictly proving that ridding oneself of toxicity really does make you thrive and glow."
Another added: "Prince Harry looks healthy. Whatever lifestyle change he's made appears to be working for him."
How relaxed and happy did Prince Harry look on Strictly.
He’s seems like such a decent guy.
Leaving this country with his beautiful family seems to have been a great move.
His mum would approve!
— 🍂DaisyfieldArnold🍂 (@MissPansyPotter) November 14, 2020
Nice reminder tonight on @bbcstrictly that Prince Harry is still the lovely, down to earth person he always was, despite being vilified by the press from every angle. Looks super happy 😊
— Amber stephenson (@Amberksteph) November 14, 2020
Seeing Prince Harry on #Strictly just made my day. He looks so relaxed and happy ❤️ he is so like his mum, gentle, kind and loveable.
— Sinéady 💕🎯⚽️ (@sineadmcanenny) November 14, 2020
A spokesperson for Harry said: "The Duke has known JJ for a long time. They've been in good touch since Strictly started and he was keen to show his support for a friend so they recorded something together earlier this week."
Chalmers, a Royal Marine turned TV presenter, was critically injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2011. He met Prince Harry when he was asked to be spokesperson for the inaugural Invictus Games, which the duke founded in 2014. The games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.
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