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‘Too real’, ‘problems with Meghan Markle…’: why 2,000 veterans walked out of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games

Around 2,000 ex-servicemen have walked out of the Invictus Games, initially organized by Prince Harry in 2014, claiming the event “has lost its original meaning”, several reports have suggested. The games were supposed to be a route to help the injured. wounded and ill service personnel and veterans.

Many also claimed that it is getting “too real”, others have also taken issue with Meghan Markle’s involvement. However, one public relations expert expressed doubts over whether Harry would take the criticism seriously and leave things halfway.

Ryan McCormick said Mirror: “Harry had no qualms about being honored as an ‘Aviation Legend’ in January, so I don’t think he’ll heed calls for him to withdraw from the Invictus Games.” However, Ryan suggested that quitting could be beneficial for Harry.

He added: “However, if the Duke did it and said it was out of respect for veterans, it could be a considerable positive PR boost.”

Washington DC and Birmingham compete to host the Invictus Games in 2027

Prince Harry will visit the UK for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, which will head to Canada next year. Meanwhile, event organizers cited that only Washington DC and Birmingham are in the running to host the 2027 event.

A final decision on where it will take place is expected to be made in the coming weeks, but it is now certain that it will return to a previous host city.

Lord Allen, chairman of the Invictus Games Foundation, said in a statement, quoted by Mirror: “We are delighted to receive such a strong field of applications to host the Invictus Games in 2027, which gives us tremendous confidence for this next iteration of the Post-Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025 Games presented by ATCO and Boeing.

“Both cities now shortlisted for 2027 have kept the experiences of competitors and fans at their core, creating different but hugely exciting bids. We look forward to the next stage of the process and selecting another inspiring iteration of the games over the summer.”

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Published: May 3, 2024, 21:34 IST