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Don't suffer alone, Prince Harry urges combat veterans

By Tony Jones

Published 10/05/2016

Prince Harry meets seven-year-old amputee Rio Woolf during the Invictus Games in Florida
Prince Harry meets seven-year-old amputee Rio Woolf during the Invictus Games in Florida
Prince Harry greeting Michelle Obama at the opening ceremony
Prince Harry with US competitor Sgt Elizabeth Marks

Prince Harry has called on military veterans and civilians who may be suffering in silence from mental illness to be inspired by the Invictus Games and seek the help they need.

His words of support came as he officially launched the competition in Orlando, Florida, during an opening ceremony full of razzmatazz and military pomp.

The spectacular show was billed by the prince as a tribute to the "remarkable" injured servicemen and women and veterans from 15 nations who will go head-to-head in a range of sports over the next four days. US first lady Michelle Obama and former US president George Bush, both supporters of America's military veterans, joined Harry, as did Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, in the audience of thousands which filled the champion stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

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