Prince Harry Says Having Duchess Meghan by His Side "Means Everything"

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Prince Harry is grateful to have Duchess Meghan by his side.

In a new interview with People, the Duke of Sussex opened up about the significance that the Invictus Games—the international sporting competition for wounded veterans, which he founded in 2014—holds in his and the duchess's relationship. (The two had made their first public outing as a couple during the 2017 games in Toronto.)

"There is nowhere you can feel more embraced and supported than with the Invictus family," Harry told the outlet. "The Toronto Games were our first time out and about publicly in an official way. We were dating at the time, so it was a lot to take in, but fortunately, we were with the perfect community for that."

He reflected on trajectory of their relationship, adding, "Now, five years later, here we are in The Hague at the fifth Invictus Games, as parents of two, and living in the US. I had always wanted to share these incredible moments with someone special, and to have Meg by my side means everything."

The royal also spoke about taking life's "gifts and challenges" as "lessons" seemingly hinting at he and his wife's groundbreaking exit from royal life back in 2020.

"Life is full of extraordinary gifts and challenges, many that can be seen as lessons," he said. "Over time, I've learned that how we mentally approach and react to the ups and downs—those gifts and challenges—is what helps to define our own outcome."

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Photo credit: Patrick van Katwijk - Getty Images

Since arriving at this year's Invictus Games last Friday, the duke and duchess have kept busy cheering on athletes, attending receptions, and meeting with teams from across the globe.

On Sunday, Harry thanked veterans and their families for participating in the event.

"For the men, women, mums, dads, sons and daughters who have served, and have been wounded, injured or fallen ill, there is nothing that compares to seeing them rediscover their ability to do whatever they put their minds to," he said in a speech. "And there is nothing like seeing you as families watch proudly from the stands. So finally, and most importantly, I want to thank all of you—the family and the friends. We couldn’t do this without you. And in many cases, we wouldn’t be here without you."

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