Prince Harry Talks About Sacrifice And Obligation: ‘I Was Born Into A Life Of Duty’

Katie O'Malley
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Photo credit: ABC News - YouTube
Photo credit: ABC News - YouTube

From ELLE

Prince Harry has discussed his own understanding of sacrifice during a virtual event to show his support for those in the military and military veterans.

On Wednesday November 18, the Duke of Sussex took part in the 14th annual Stand Up For Heroes virtual event with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow and Tiffany Haddish.

During his filmed segment, Harry stated that he is ‘committed to a life of service’ after stepping down as a senior royal with his wife Meghan Markle earlier this year.

‘For the whole world, this year has been and continues to be incredibly hard,’ he said.

‘But we’ve also seen incredible resilience and purpose. As far as I see it, service is what happens in the quiet and in the chaos. It’s what happens when people aren’t looking and it’s about how we take care of each other every single day.’

Photo credit: Matt Cardy - Getty Images
Photo credit: Matt Cardy - Getty Images

Last week, the royal was seen volunteering at a non-profit foundation providing help to veterans and their families in Compton, Los Angeles. Days prior, he and Meghan had made a private visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Remembrance day.

‘[My military] experience changed my life forever and for the better,’ Harry noted, referencing his 10 years of service in the British Army, during which he rose to the rank of Captain and undertook two tours of Afghanistan.

‘It changed how I viewed sacrifice and service. I was born into a life of duty, but it was during my decade in the army that I committed to a life of service.

‘My experience in the military made me who I am today – and it also connected me with some of the strongest, funniest and most memorable people I’ve ever met. Once we join this team, we are always part of this team. Once we’ve served, we are always serving, and proudly so.’

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Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images

Discussing his annual Invictus Games competition for injured servicemen and women, which launched in 2014, he noted: ‘I wanted to honour the legacy of these men and women who have given up so much – from time with family to birthdays missed and even births missed.

‘Some lost their limbs and others lost their lives. It's for that reason that I created the Invictus Games – to give injured servicemen and women a platform to excel and reaffirm their values of resilience, of community and strength, which are inherent in each and every one of us.’

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