Prince Harry praised by Jill Biden for supporting the armed forces through Invictus Games

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Prince Harry and Dr Biden have for many years worked together to support veterans - WH.GOV
Prince Harry and Dr Biden have for many years worked together to support veterans - WH.GOV

Prince Harry and Jill Biden heaped praise on each other for the work they have done to support members of the armed services injured in combat.

The Duke of Sussex and the First Lady spoke at a virtual event marking the Wounded Warrior Games.

Prince Harry and Dr Biden have a long association on co-operating on supporting veterans.

The pair attended the first Invictus Games in London in 2014, an international sporting event for injured, sick and wounded servicemen and women.

"It's hard to believe it's been seven years since the first Invictus Games in London," Dr Biden said.

Praising his contribution, she continued: "You live by a simple principle - served together, recovered together.

"It's a philosophy, not limited by the flag you wear; your brothers and sisters in arms are connected by something so much deeper than the borders that separate us," she added.

In turn Prince Harry thanked Dr Biden. "Thank you for your service and your continued support over all these years.

"It's been fantastic to see you in action in various parts of the world giving everything that you've got to so many people – not just those who wear the uniform but to the families as well. A lot of them wouldn't be here without you so, so thank you," he said.

The Duke and Dr Biden at the Invictus Games in London in 2014 - GETTY IMAGES
The Duke and Dr Biden at the Invictus Games in London in 2014 - GETTY IMAGES

The Duke hailed the Warrior Games, which he first attended in Colorado in 2013, as the inspiration for the Invictus Games.

"I will never forget that first visit I had to the Warrior Games, which inspired me to create the Invictus Games," he said.

"The Invictus Games never would have been created, had I not been inspired by every single one of you and your companions, and the families for everything that you give to the service of this country."

The pair were joined by US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and Ken Fisher, chairman of the Fisher House Foundation, which provides homes for veterans’ families while they are being treated in hospital.

Mr Fisher praised Prince Harry as a "humanitarian" and "wellness advocate" who was promoting systemic change through his non-profit work.

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