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Prince Harry urges people not to 'define people by their back stories' at Invictus Games

Prince Harry touched upon the personal connection he holds with bagpipes, which invoked memories of Princess Diana

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Prince Harry urges people not to 'define people by their back stories' at Invictus Games

Prince Harry touched upon the personal connection he holds with bagpipes, which invoked memories of Princess Diana

Prince Harry urges people not to 'define people by their back stories' at Invictus Games

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, left a lasting mark at the closing ceremony of the 6th Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, Germany, with a deeply emotional farewell speech.

The Duke, visibly moved, took the stage dressed in a somber black suit and a black dress shirt, capturing the audience's attention.

In a speech, Prince Harry addressed the competitors directly, lauding their incredible display of vulnerability.

He spoke passionately about the power of not defining people by their past pain or backstories, urging everyone to focus instead on their present abilities and who they are today.

"Your mission to heal and grow has been a shining example to us all," Prince Harry declared, acknowledging the courage displayed by the wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women participating in the Games.

His words resonated deeply with the audience, evoking cheers and applause as he highlighted the significance of the competitors' journeys in defining human potential and human decency.

Notably, Prince Harry also touched upon the profound personal connection he holds with bagpipes, which seemed to invoke memories of his beloved mother, Princess Diana.

He shared a touching anecdote from his memoir, illustrating how bagpipes have a unique ability to amplify emotions and connect with the heart.

In his memoir he wrote, "With bagpipes it's not the tune, it's the tone. Thousands of years old, bagpipes are built to amplify what's already in the heart. If you're feeling silly, bagpipes make you sillier."

He added, "If you're angry, bagpipes bring your blood to a higher boil. And if you're in grief, even if you're twelve years old and don't know you're in grief, maybe especially if you don't know, bagpipes can drive you mad."

Prince Harry urges people not to define people by their back stories at Invictus Games

Throughout the ceremony, Prince Harry's wife, Meghan Markle, stood by his side, glowing in a green dress, exuding pride and support for Team USA.

Together, they applauded each of the participating teams and thanked the audience for their presence.

The closing ceremony was marked by thumping dance music, standing ovations for the competitors, and a palpable sense of unity and celebration. 

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