Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may always play on the same team in life, but the Duke and Duchess recently got to show off their competitive sides, going head-to-head to promote the 2023 Invictus Games.
In a promotional video released this week teasing the upcoming games taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany next year, the couple faced off in a game of ping-pong. In the clip, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex take their positions on opposite sides of the ping-pong table in an illuminated sporting arena. Harry shoots Meghan a smile and she nods before the prince delivers his serve. The black-and-white promotional spot also features a number of other Invictus athletes also trying their hand at some table tennis. The caption on the post reads, “Are you ready? The incredible experience that is the #InvictusGames is coming ever closer. Be a part of it to experience the power of sport in recovery in Dusseldorf Sept. 9-16, 2023. Tickets for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are now available!”
The 2023 Invictus Games will be the sixth iteration of the sporting event, with previous games taking place in London, Orlando, Toronto, Sydney, and most recently, The Hague. And in 2025, the Invictus Games Foundation is planning on bringing the multi-sport event for wounded, injured and sick service members and veterans back to Canada, hosting games in Vancouver and Whistler. During the event held in The Hague in April, Harry told People that the Invictus Games have “been a lesson in serving a purpose greater than ourselves, and the benefit that comes from that extends to both the individual and community. I truly believe we are at our best when we’re in service to others, and Invictus is all about upholding that value.”
That month, the Duke of Sussex also announced that BetterUp—the leadership coaching platform where the royal serves as chief impact officer—would be the official mental fitness coaching tool of the Invictus Games Foundation. “At its heart, the Invictus Games is about empowering every single person around the world. It’s a worldwide display of resilience, determination, and community for which each of us can draw inspiration,” he explained in a press release at the time. “The mind is like a muscle: it needs to be honed, trained, rehabbed, and coached. The men and women I served with understand this, the Invictus community knows this, and now the world is beginning to see it too. I’m honored to bring the work we do at BetterUp to Invictus and look forward to expanding the support systems that service members and veterans depend on to achieve remarkable feats.”
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