Invictus Games

Prince Harry 'Can Devote More Time' To Invictus Games Without Royal Duties

The Chairman of the Invictus Games Foundation says they are getting more of Prince Harry's time than ever before.

Prince Harry is now able to "devote more time" to the Invictus Games, according to Invictus Games Foundation Chairman Sir Keith Mills.

Since stepping back from royal duties, the chairman says Harry has been 'very much involved with the decision-making' as the Invictus Games organizers tackled the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Hague was due to hold the 2020 Games before being postponed for a year, which in turn resulted in the Dusseldorf Games being put back to 2023.

Sir Keith Mills says Harry had a big part to play in those decisions.

"He's not only the spokesman for the Invictus Games but he's very much involved in the decision-making," he said.

"We really don't do anything of any substance without consulting him.

"When the pandemic started to gather momentum, the decision around what we do with our colleagues in Holland about the Dutch Games was of great concern to us all.

"The Invictus Games, like the Olympic Games and like pretty much every other major sporting event in the world, has been affected and had to respond to it.

"He was very much involved in those early decisions back in March."

The Invictus UK team that was announced last year were dealt a blow when this year's Games were postponed.

Harry has been a major cog in the Invictus machine since the beginning and Mr Mills says that has never changed.

"In many respects, now that his royal duties have gone away he can devote more time to his charities.

"Obviously, the Invictus Games is one of his major charities.

"We include him in everything that we do and he's always keen to come back really quickly whether it is an email or a call with his views on whatever he thinks we should be doing. 

"His engagement is certainly nothing less than it always has been.

"In many respects, we've probably got more of his time but than we had before."