Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace while hosting Rugby League World Cup draw
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Prince Harry 'Committed As Ever' To Invictus Games Despite Fundraiser Cancellation

Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace while hosting Rugby League World Cup draw

Prince Harry remains as "committed as ever" to the Invictus Games, despite a fundraising event for the competition being cancelled.

The event is believed to have been a celebration of the tournament, featuring music and comedy performances, which reportedly could have been streamed on Amazon.

An Invictus spokesperson has denied the cancellation is related to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's multi-million-pound deal recently signed with Netflix.

"The event was shelved because the primary revenue generator was ticket sales from a live concert in Los Angeles in the Spring of 2021," the spokesperson said.

"Given current global circumstances with COVID, the event needed to be reconceptualised.

"This was an independent decision made prior to a partnership with Netflix.

"The Duke remains committed as ever to the Invictus Games, which he founded, and the Invictus Games Foundation of which he is Patron, and looks forward to making the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 next year a huge success, as they have always been."

The Invictus Games was launched in 2014 by Prince Harry, with the first competition taking place in London.

It is an international multi-sport event aimed at wounded, injured or sick Armed Forces personnel and veterans, with four editions of the Games having taken place.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first public appearance as a couple together at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

The Invictus Games is funded partly by an organising committee, as well as through corporate and charitable partnerships.

The next tournament is due to take place in The Hague in 2021, after being rescheduled from this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In May, the Duke of Sussex marked what would have been the opening ceremony of The Hague Invictus Games by releasing a video on social media.

The Dusseldorf competition meanwhile has been postponed to the summer of 2023, after being originally scheduled for 2022.

One of Prince Harry’s last public engagements for the Invictus Games was a visit to Abbey Road studios in February to record a charity single for the foundation with Jon Bon Jovi and the Invictus Games Choir.

It followed the Sussexes' decision to step back as senior royals, including renouncing their HRH titles, and the duke losing his military appointments.

The couple made their first public appearance together at the Toronto Invictus Games in 2017.

Cover image: PA.

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