Afghanistan

Prince Harry Encourages Veterans To 'Support One Another' Amid Afghanistan Crisis

The Duke of Sussex served in the UK military for a decade, including tours of Afghanistan.

The Duke of Sussex has encouraged veterans to "offer support for one another" in the wake of the Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan.

In his capacity as founder of the Invictus Games Foundation, which helps military personnel through their recovery via the international sports competition, Prince Harry said the situation in Afghanistan "resonates" with past participants.

The Duke served for 10 years in the British Army, including two tours in Afghanistan.

As harrowing videos of civilians' desperate attempts to flee from Kabul airport were broadcast around the world after the Taliban captured the capital, the Duke issued a joint statement with senior figures from the Games.

Watch: Chaos at Kabul airport as civilians appear to cling to a US Air Force plane.

The statement read: "What’s happening in Afghanistan resonates across the international Invictus community.

"Many of the participating nations and competitors in the Invictus Games family are bound by a shared experience of serving in Afghanistan over the past two decades, and for several years, we have competed alongside Invictus Games Team Afghanistan.

"We encourage everybody across the Invictus network – and the wider military community – to reach out to each other and offer support for one another."

The Invictus Games has been postponed for two years running due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the next competition is due to be held in The Hague in 2022.

If you or someone you know needs support at this time, you can find more information by visiting the British Army website and the Government's website.

Further details about support available can be found on our website.

Cover image: Prince Harry serving in Afghanistan (Picture: PA).