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Harry hopes to move Invictus Games

Prince Harry has spoken about taking his Invictus Games out of London and giving the rest of the country a taste of its warrior spirit.

As the penultimate day of the international sporting spectacle for wounded servicemen and women drew to a close, Harry said the event could be staged in the north of England or Scotland before being held abroad.

He said: "We've now got America showing interest in 2016 and Canada showing interest in 2017, so the question is what do we do next year?

"I personally, along with a couple of other people on the board, would love to keep it in the UK, maybe head north whether it be Glasgow, whether it be Sheffield, whether it be Manchester."

He added: "So many good things happen in London and the rest of the country have to watch it on TV or travel a long distance."

The prince, a serving Army captain who has completed two tours of Afghanistan, said sponsorship may be an issue as large companies planned their charitable support years in advance.

Asked for his assessment of the Games, the prince replied: "I'm already over the moon, everyone I've spoken to whether it be a cleaner, somebody working behind the bar, the floor manager, the organisers, the volunteers, the competitors, the crowds, everyone has said 'it's all about the spirit of the Games'.

"They could come here and see rubbish sport they wouldn't care, they would be up on their feet screaming anyway because they get it, they understand what effect this is having on every single competitor - that's why we're here."

Harry also highlighted the need to improve the process of wounded ex-servicemen and women being matched with an employer willing to take them on.

He stressed: "The MoD (Ministry of Defence) has a huge part to play as does everyone and we all have to work together - and if we open the doors to them they will prove themselves worthy."

On Wednesday, Harry and his brother the Duke of Cambridge convened a meeting of business leaders who have already taken on ex-military to see how they could make the employment system better.

Those sat around the table at the venue in the former Olympic Park included Marks and Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland and BT chairman Sir Michael Rake. Harry said they were employing wounded ex-military "not through sympathy, not through anything else apart from the fact they value them".

Earlier today, Harry was joined at the Games by America's second lady Jill Biden, and watched one of the wheelchair basketball matches.

One of highlights of the day was the rowing events where the servicemen and women, many with missing limbs, battled each other and the clock as they competed over a number of distances.

Former Royal Engineer captain Nick Beighton - who lost both legs in 2009 after stepping on an improvised explosive device while in Afghanistan - won gold as the British Armed Forces team claimed a clean sweep of medals in the one-minute rowing machine sprint event.

He also claimed victories in a four-minute rowing race and in a team event.

Harry presented the medals to the British trio - Mr Beighton, silver medallist Scott Meehan and Cowan Botha who came third.

Mr Beighton, from Shrewsbury, who lost his legs during an explosion while on a foot patrol in Afghanistan in 2009, competed in the Paralympics but narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the double sculls.

He said: "There was a real buzz out there, everyone lifted their game but you try and tune it out a little but because you're trying to focus on what you're doing.

"It's given everyone the opportunity to compete, not just the Paralympians among us but right down to the people who have recently been injured - it's great to have a focus to get out there and do something."

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