Meghan Praises ‘Invictus Family’ As Games Close
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Royal Praise For ‘Invictus Family’ As Games Close

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid tribute to Games competitors.

Meghan Praises ‘Invictus Family’ As Games Close

The Duchess of Sussex thanked the audience for welcoming her into the fold (Picture: Invictus Games Sydney 2018/Getty Images).

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to the stage to offer thanks and praise at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games 2018 in Sydney.

Prince Harry said the 500 competitors had left people humbled "by your determination, by your service and by your sense of humour".

Harry founded the Invictus Games in 2014, a year after a visit to the United States where he saw the Warrior Games for wounded servicemen and women.

The first event was held in London, followed by Toronto and Florida.

Video: Forces News reports from the closing ceremony.

The Duchess of Sussex also thanked athletes and their relatives at the Qudos Bank Arena for welcoming her to the Invictus Games family.

Meghan said "It is such an honour to be here tonight celebrating all of you, and supporting my husband in the Invictus Games, which he founded four years ago.

"In that short span of time, the Games have evolved into an international platform of some of the best athletics and sportsmanship you could ever witness, coupled with a camaraderie and close-knit sense of community which can only be defined as the Invictus Spirit”

Prince Harry on stage at close of Invictus Games 2018
Prince Harry paid tribute to the 500 competitors. (Image: Invictus Games Sydney 2018/Getty Images)

Prince Harry closed the Games saying the performances from the competitors from 18 nations had been humbling and inspiring.

He said: "They are men and women who have confronted a challenge and overcome it.

“They are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. And with the help of their friends and families, they have exceeded every expectation”

The fifth Invictus Games is set to take place in the Netherlands at The Hague in 2020.

Keep up to date with the 2018 Invictus Games here.