Prince Harry speaks of dark times in moving tribute to military veterans

Prince Harry hailed the military veterans in "dark places" during a moving speech to mark the annual Warrior Games with Jill Biden last night.

The Duke of Sussex, who served in the Army for a decade, paid tribute to servicemen and women from his home in Montecito, California after the US First Lady saluted him for his "heart" on the live stream.

The 36-year-old Prince, who has told of his own battles with mental health, said the Warrior Games event is "so important" to veterans recovering from the after-effects of conflict.

The royal said: "The pride on your faces makes me incredibly happy to know how far you guys have come, the dark places you've been to, and where you are now – stronger than ever before, no doubt.

"To see you guys smiling, when I know how much you've been through – it's not just about you and your families. You have to remember, you're doing this for your brothers and sisters in arms.

"And those people who are in a really dark place – you know what it's like, you've been there yourselves, recovered for yourselves, and you're leading them to their own recovery."

Harry and Dr Biden attended the online event to celebrate athletes, their families and caregivers after the 2021 US event was postponed due to Covid.

It was the royal's first event with Joe Biden's wife since she became First Lady – and since he and Meghan moved to the United States, the Sun reports.

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Harry first met Dr Biden at a reception for British and US wounded warriors in Washington.

Introducing Harry to the stream, Jill said: "I was reminded of the humanity that shines through the inhumanity of that day. There was a call to defend the values we hold dear.

"A courageous group of men and women stepped forward to say, 'Me. I will go'. That includes you, Harry.

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"You live by a simple principle – serve together, recover together. It's a philosophy not limited by the flag you wave.

"Your brothers and sisters in arms are connected by something so much deeper than the borders that separate us.

"You've dedicated time, talent and heart to lifting up service members from around the globe."

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