Invictus Games

'Invictus Saves Lives' Says Prince Harry As He Enjoys Games With Girlfriend Meghan Markle

Prince Harry has told an audience in Toronto that the Invictus Games "saves lives".

Prince Harry has made his first public appearance with his girlfriend at the Toronto Invictus Games.

Harry appeared with Suits actress Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event in downtown Toronto.

The couple could be seen holding hands, laughing and smiling while watching the tennis.

The pair attended the event together, but Meghan sat a few rows down and more than a dozen seats away from her partner whilst the Games were underway.

The Prince founded the Invictus Games to serve and celebrate wounded service personnel and their families. 

He told the audience:

"Competitors, friends and their families told us that the Games were not only changing lives, but saving lives."

Harry went on to say:

"For the competitors, we know that the journey to the Invictus Games is often not an easy one. We are dangling a carrot of sporting glory to help reignite qualities which have been worn down by months and often years of fighting - fighting to find purpose, fighting to reconnect with family, fighting to get fit again, fighting to leave the house and in some cases fighting to stay alive."

"Sport of course is not the only answer, but it is a hugely powerful tool."

Captain Trevor Greene, who spoke at The Invictus Games opening ceremony, reaffirmed Harry's comments.

Greene survived a nearly fatal attack in Afghanistan when a Taliban insurgent attacked him in the head with an axe.

He told Forces News that the Games 'absolutely saves lives'.

Prince Harry also travelled around Toronto speaking with competitors and their families.

One of the lucky people to bump into Harry was Kath Ryan.

As founder of Cakes 4 Casualties and Kath is known affectionately to many service personnel as 'The Cake Lady'.

She met Harry as he was heading to the wheelchair tennis and gave him a big hug. 

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