Prince Harry should be looking for a wife or girlfriend at the Invictus Games

If you haven’t checked out the Kensington Royal Instagram lately, I would suggest doing so – go here to see. KP has been posting some lovely photos of Harry enjoying himself in Orlando, Florida at the Invictus Games. Harry isn’t just there to support Team Britain – he’s been spending a lot of time with the American, Australian and New Zealand teams and beyond. Joe and Jill Biden are there, and he’s been hanging out with them too. And he’s been kissing babies and handing out medals and generally being lovely and sweet and kind. I’m including some of those photos, but mainly I wanted to talk about Harry and an American girl name Elizabeth Marks. Unfortunately, Marks is already married! Which is sad because she’s absolutely perfect for Harry and this is exactly the kind of woman he needs to be with.

Just call him Prince Charming! Prince Harry set the internet abuzz after he charmed a champion swimmer at the Invictus Games as he awarded her a gold medal on Wednesday night – and the U.S. Army soldier gave it right back to him. But all is not as it seems. Sergeant Elizabeth Marks, a (happily married) 25-year-old from Arizona, wants Harry to give her medal for the 100-meter freestyle to Papworth Hospital in England – as a thanks for saving her life two years ago.

Just before the first Invictus Games of 2014, Sgt. Marks became ill with a serious lung condition and had to be put into an induced coma in London. She told reporters of her ordeal: “I landed in London and became very ill very rapidly, I was in hospital in London and went into respiratory distress syndrome, they shipped a team down from Papworth who put me on to ECMO [extracorporeal membrane oxygenation] life support and that ultimately saved my life. And when they did so I was on it for 10 days and ended up waking in an army hospital in Germany having no idea what had happened. But they absolutely saved my life and I can’t thank the UK enough for having that kind of medical support and taking such good care of me. So I gave Prince Harry one of my medals and hope it will find its way back to Papworth.”

Like most hospitals in the U.K., Papworth is part of the publicly-funded National Health Service and she praised the care she received: “Thank you, I’ll never be able to repay you, but what you’re doing is wonderful.”

Sgt. Marks has been in the U.S. Army since she was 17. She suffered a serious hip injury in 2010 which left her with no sensation in her left leg but she fought back to fitness and still serves in the military.

And she’s an ace sportswoman. She netted gold in all four swimming events she entered at the Invictus Games in Orlando this week. “It’s just an honor to be here and stand next to all the other soldiers, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be,” she added.

[From People]

This story moved me to tears. She gave back her medal to help other people. Dear Harry: you need to be wife-hunting at the Invictus Games. These are your people. This is your dating pool.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, Getty.

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  1. Mgsota says:

    I’ve been drooling over these pictures! I can’t believe she’s married, total bummer! I thought Harry found his match!

    Harry has such a wonderful personality and is sweet and charming… What the hell happened to Will?

    • Cran says:

      From the pictures I’d say Sgt. Marks charmed Prince Harry. She has an amazing story and is so full of life. Plus her leg tattoo is awesome. He is really enjoying himself. I hope he finds a wonderful partner he can share his life with because he seems a rare bird as my great aunt would have said.

  2. Liberty says:

    Maybe she has friends or sisters — he seemed a bit smitten. Yes, King Henry should consider a bit of GF-finding among fab, strong, dedicated people like those involved with Invictus.

  3. Hudson Girl says:

    King Henry, I love you and everything you have been doing with the power of your position.
    But, I’m not sold on the fit of those jeans in 1st pic. 😳

  4. QQ says:

    Honestly this is so Lovely that he’s managed to bring people together for this and is HUSTLING for it and generally lending support to servicemembers and their causes, is crazy how people change or drive themselves once they have a purpose and mature also LOL at how this makes his brother look

  5. claire says:

    This poor woman. She’s pretty and talked to Harry, so now the media has stalked her life and all her social media, taken her personal pictures and gone to town with it. This is all very gross and intrusive.

    • HH says:

      Also, I don’t think he charmed her, it sounds like SHE CHARMED HIM. Her asking him to pass along those medals is just awesome and heartwarming.

    • Jayna says:

      I found it gross Also, she went back to him twice to talk to him and it was about taking her medal for the hospital in England. It wasn’t either one of them smitten with each other. It was disrespectful headlines since she is married, and her message was about the wonderful care she received in England, not flirting with each other.

      • claire says:

        Yeah, I mean, this write-up is fine. But on the Daily Mail and some other places like that, they’ve done multiple stories about her now, had her as a top article, and now have the follow-up articles with photos they’ve taken from her Facebook!

    • Maria says:

      Didnt Harry just talk about this, what the media does to women he talks to?

    • Paula says:

      This is really awful. Then he complains about invasion of privacy and people say he’s whining.

    • bluhare says:

      I agree. And the article waited until about 3/4 down to casually mention she’s married.

      But I so agree this should be his dating pool!!

  6. Relli says:

    My friend and her family are avid Disney goers that go to Orlando a couple of times a year. Yesterday she sent me a tweet that her cousin and Prince Harry are staying at the same hotel and she texted me a pic of him walking in, not fuzzy out focus one a legit good camera pic of him hand in pocket strolling. I SAVED that to my phone! Even at ease that is one good looking man!

  7. HH says:

    Agreed, Kaiser. Everyone should be looking at photos from the Invictus Games. The KP Twitter and The Daily Mail have some good photos. Harry is ENJOYING himself and it’s absolutely lovely to see. It’s the kind of joy that clearly comes from putting hard work into something and watching it payoff, especially when it’s for a good cause. I’ve actually never seen him so happy, light, and relaxed while “working,” which is in quotes because I doubt he’d feel that way.

    Warning: If you already have a slight crush on Harry, those photos won’t help. You’ll enter an acute state of Ginger Snap-Me-off-a-Piece-of-that-Action.

    • susanne says:

      Ginger Snap-Me-Off-a-Piece-of-that-Action!!! Is this original? Even if not, genius!!!!!!

      • HH says:

        I made that up. But it’s not to say that someone somewhere hasn’t had the same thought.

    • Jib says:

      He kissed a soldier’s head. That made me cry.

      Can you imagine Wills kissing the head of a “plebe”?

      Harry seems to be enjoying the heck out of himself here.

      • bluhare says:

        He kissed the soldier’s head.
        He kissed a 95 year old woman’s hand
        AND he participated in the last event in the pool — the Canine Freestyle Medley!

        I am so impressed with Harry after this week. He’s made it all look so easy.

      • Liberty says:

        @bluhare….me too…please read this little quote:

        The Invictus Games, says Kuiper, “are really important. They are really making a difference in people’s lives.”

        Earlier in the day, Taryn Nixon, whose husband Adam represented the U.K. wheelchair basketball team, told PEOPLE of Prince Harry, “He’s literally brought people back from the brink,” she says. “They’ve got something to smile for, live for. They have passion and drive that they did not have before.

        “Prince Harry is absolutely phenomenal,” she adds. “He’s a legend.”

        Added her 13-year-old daughter Abi: “Invictus inspired my dad to get up. We have so many family days out now and spend so much time together because of the Games. Because of Prince Harry. It’s brought our family closer together.”

        …tears in your eyes too? they are in mine.

        (whole thing at http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_21006229,00.html

      • ClaireB says:

        Oh, my goodness, I watched Katie Kuiper race and saw the damage to her face and jaw, but this article says the gunshot wound to her head was self-inflicted. This poor woman! She served in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, and now she’s an incredible runner and athlete. I hope she’s doing better mentally, too.

      • bluhare says:

        GAH!! And I haven’t even got to the People link yet!

        ETA: Double GAH! And ClaireB, that poor woman. I had no idea it was self inflicted either. Just goes to show that those invisible injuries sometimes have a physical manifestation too.

  8. lower-case deb says:

    will be sad to see Joe Biden leave the office.

    • HH says:

      Me too. He ran out of F*cks to give so long ago, and I love it. With the Republicans in the ridiculous state that they’ve occupied for the past 7 years that has now resulted in Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee, I can’t believe Dems ever found Biden to be embarrassing.

    • Cran says:

      Joe Biden rocks. I saw him up close once and people loved him. He was on his way to give a speech at Columbia University and I worked in a bookstore across the street. A friend of mine chatted with him outside our store. The secret service kept trying to hustle him along. VP Biden just smiled and shook hands and chatted with everyone. Completely genuine. Seems like a real sweetheart and I will miss him as well.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I live in DE so have met him several times as state is size of postage stamp. I don’t think he’s perfect but he is very personable and likeable, and I would kiss his feet if he would run now.

      • Timbuktu says:

        @GNAT,
        it’s so funny that you live in DE. I don’t know why, but I always had this feeling that you were in MD/VA area… I was off, but barely. :-)

    • lower-case deb says:

      i can’t imagine Joe being president, but i sure think that he will be a good vice president to ANY president the Dems have to offer. he’s the ultimate wingman in the executive sense…

      anyhow, back to the topic of Veterans,
      i was searching for highlights of Invictus on youtube (one boy’s vlog was funny–he admits to being forced to go to IG, but he got into it at the end–although he would’ve prefered Wheelchair Basketball, his sister convinced everyone that Sitting Volleyball was the way to go)

      also, a 5 min recap of service dogs? I MELT!! especially the poodle with a mohawkesque hair.

      anyway, i digress. in one of the recommended links sidebar, was Joe Biden’s speech to the TAPS Grief Assistance Program. i thought it was also an important thing, a support program like that, and i’m grateful again to know that Invictus Games also deliberately made choices (venue, timing, side events etc) to honor and provide relief the families of the competitors as well.

      i was not okay after the end of Biden’s speech btw. snot everywhere.
      and later tonight, the second part of the Invictus Choir.

      tomorrow i’ll probably come to the office with my eyes half glued shut from too much crying.

      MO FLOTUS told Robin Roberts she wanted to see tears. holy buckets have she got them from me.

  9. Jayna says:

    Harry was wonderful at these games, open and accessible and really spending time with everybody. What a wonderful boost in shining the light on these games and what they mean

  10. CK says:

    Yes, She is married, but when has that really stopped a royal?

    • Betsy says:

      Exactly never, but let’s give the heretofore completely anonymous woman’s morals some credit.

  11. Bridget says:

    Harry has shown his type to be society blondes. Not gonna find many of those at the Invictus Games. And these Games mean a lot to him, for some reason I have a hard time picturing his using it as personal mix-and-mingle time.

    • claire says:

      Which always baffles me. He picks shallow people. You’d think he’d be attracted to people more interesting with more going on in their lives.

      • LAK says:

        Genuine question. how do you conclude that Chelsy and Cressida are shallow?

        We know Kate is shallower than a paddling pool, but that’s because she’s revealed herself to be shallow in so many ways, but we don’t have Chelsy or Cressida on record, do we?

        From publicly available information, both Cressida and Chelsy have a lot going on, as do other known randoms who’ve been with him, so i’m genuinely curious.

      • Bridget says:

        Both girls seem perfectly nice. Just pointing out, Harry doesn’t seem to have any interest in dating outside of his very limited social circle.

      • LAK says:

        Social circle point is well made. However, social circle and shallowness don’t automatically corelate, so i’m genuinely curious as to why these girls are thought to be shallow.

        For what it’s worth, he has dated outside his social circle, but only the 3 longish relationships have made it into the papers and those 3 are in his social circle.

      • bluhare says:

        I can’t speak to this at all, although I’m going to, so take this comment with the grain of salt it probably deserves.

        Chelsy seemed like she really fit Harry. I don’t think she’s vacuous shallow as the OP (I think!) meant, but she certainly is a child of privilege with all the advantages that carries.

        Cressida seems more of an empty shell to me. Now whether that’s because she is vapid and shallow, or just someone who doesn’t put much of herself out there I do not know. But I was quite struck with her willingness to be papped and use the relationship to further her career when the relationship ended.

        So for the last reason alone I’m not a big Cressida fan. I’m also very willing to stand corrected if I’m being unfair.

      • LAK says:

        B: This is a terrible example to use since we now know that they’ve proven less than smart in recent years, but take GOOP and her relationship with Brad Pitt or CZJ and all the trophy boyfriends she had until she acquired a trophy husband in Michael Douglas.

        They were no better than Cressida in using their super famous boyfriends to further their careers, but did that make them shallow??

        I’m not convinced that she was orchestrating a campaign as many do, but even if she was, she’s no different from many women in Hollywood.

      • Bridget says:

        Harry has a great ability to connect with people, to a point that I think folks sometimes forget that he is still a fancy pants who travels in a social circle with other fancy pants. He seems like a very nice fancy pants, at least.

        Granted, that dating pool is only going to get smaller as time marches on, so common sense would say that if Harry wants to get married he should cast his net a little wider, but time will only tell there.

      • bluhare says:

        I can’t speak to CZJ, but Paltrow at least was known prior to Pitt. Cressida wasn’t. But, as I said, I’ve got no idea.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Why the prejudice against society blonds? Diana was one and as a royal she worked hard and did a good job. Kate Middleton has proven that you cannot guarantee someone from the middle class (socially or economically) is going to be a slam dunk as a royal.

      • Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

        @notasugarhere, because white, society blondes are the “best example of priviledged, white poshes who don’t care for anything but going to shopping centres and attending parties”?

        *Unfortunately, it is this idea that people seem to have, I wonder why also…*

  12. JustCrimmles says:

    After hearing of George Zimmerman putting up the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin for sale, this gives me a little hope back for humanity. I’m blown away by Sgt. Marks! And have no doubt KH will bring that medal to its intended destination.

  13. Starlight says:

    Well done Invictus participants! – I see Piers Morgan journo has written an article saying more or less move over Wills – Harry should or would be a better King – basically saying Wills had a light attitude to the position -?interesting take -

    • Liberty says:

      I found that essay very interesting too. Wonder what the Firm’s reaction to it is. I hope the Queen does a little think.

      • LAK says:

        Liberty: i’m curious too since the DM is a stauchly royalist paper. I doubt they’d have agreed such a naughty article if they didn’t agree with the content.

        Joannie: William has always been recalcitrant. Even as a child. His parents always had trouble with him and rarely disciplined him to extent that HM once had to enforce some discipline on him.

        Couple that with resentment of his position as he sees it, and you have someone who refuses to make peace with it and move forward.

        I recently found rare footage of about 10mins of the Queen being followed as she went about her duties. It seems to be from the 80s or early 90s, and the first thing she says is that one has to accept their destiny because then you let go of what might have been. It also helps to figure out what you can do going forward.

        Based on everything we see publicly of William, he hasn’t accepted his destiny, coupled with his gloomy personality, and what we have is a perpetual victim of his own making.

        Charles used to be woe is me too. Though I think his tale of woe was about the wait as opposed to being heir. At some point, he accepted it, and is now much, much happier and it shows.

    • Joannie says:

      Harry wouldn’t be able to be as outgoing and free if he were to be king. He and William have addressed that. William is held to a different standard. Too bad as I’m sure he’s probably a different guy when he’s in the company of trusted friends.

      • The Original Mia says:

        William has not changed since he was a child. Being heir didn’t shape his personality. It’s who he is. Harry has always been the more outgoing, happy go lucky child/man. If anything, William should have matured and adjusted to being heir, knowing he’d have to interact with his people. He hasn’t. He acts as if he’s too good to be around the little people. He acts as if his position isn’t solely due to the will of the people.

      • Liberty says:

        This implies there have been no open, loose and happy freewheeling Kings/Queens/royalty. As I am sure LAK can discuss, there have been monarchs whose personality was not hidden or girdled.

        William is just a dull spoiled lazy fellow who remains stunted at perhaps 16. Harry has the rare gift of warmth, passion, caring and diligence that was possibly sewn from the less than perfect experiences or mistakes so he brings awareness and empathy to the job as well.

      • LAK says:

        Further to Liberty’s comment, there is a public assumption that has taken hold that imagines that as the heir is raised differently from the spares, the heir will inevitably grow up dull, gloomy, serious etc unlike the spare.

        At the end of the day, it boils down to personalities. Some heirs come out of it serious whilst others do not. Ditto spares.

        George 6, was a very serious, dull sort of a chap whose heirs all seem to be serious personalities from HM through to William.

        As we’ve had a very long monarchy with someone who is quite serious in their basic personality, not to mention crowned at a time when monarchy was shaky so fun character traits were frowned upon, the interpretation is that to have the top job, one must be serious.

        Throughout history, we have had openly fun, charming characters like our Harry (like good king Hal: the early years. Ditto charles 2 the merry monarch. Ditto Edward 7. Victoria before she married Albert) and we’ve had dull, dour personalities like William ( George 1-3,5,6) as heirs and spares and vice versa.

        The difference in their parenting only serves to make the heir an entitled s*** whatever their personality. It doesn’t require them to present as dull, boring and serious.

      • Jib says:

        Oh, yes. Poor William. A lifetime of waving, cutting ribbons, banquets and premieres.

        The crown sure weighs heavy on the British head.

      • Joannie says:

        I watched a program when they were promoting the Princes Trust a few years ago. They both said William was held to a different standard because he is next in line to the throne after Charles. I dont think Lak knows any more than anyone else on here. Well unless she knows them personally.

      • bluhare says:

        We have talked about differing standards here quite a bit Joannie, but those differing standards have nothing to do with personality and being able to connect with people. Harry does. William does not.

      • notasugarhere says:

        William “Held to a different standard” has often translated into shirking off of work, excuses being made, being coddled by the press, having his indiscretions covered up. I’m sure William enjoys that double standard, as he takes advantage of it all the time.

        If Harry followed the party line in that documentary, it would just be par for Harry’s course. He also followed the party line when he was thrown under the bus for Charles and William’s PR. Mentioned in one of the Palace-sanctioned books featuring insiders. Harry didn’t like it happening but he sucked it up for The Firm.

        Harry was instructed by Diana that 1) William’s job was more of a burden so 2) Harry’s main job is to support William at all times. When your beloved late mother gave you that life lesson, it can be hard to step back and figure out when your brother is using you.

  14. Retty says:

    This story made me cry. I think that it’s such a lovely gesture for her to make. As a Brit it is nice to hear a positive story regarding the NHS and it reminds us what an invaluable service they provide.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      And how would a US hospital have handled it if an uninsured visitor had a problem… so many people are petrified to visit the US due to the private insurance problem.

      • Tough Cookie says:

        But she wasn’t “uninsured.” She was active US Military. I’m not saying she was well-insured, mind you. It’s interesting to wonder about, you know, if the NHS sent a bill to Uncle Sam.
        I bring it up because last week I was 800 miles away from home and had a medical issue….can you believe I actually called my insurance company first to make sure I would be covered? I was afraid they would deny the claim as “out of network.” I know it sounds silly but you hear horror stories…
        She sounds like an amazing woman and her giving the gold medal to the hospital makes her a hero in my eyes.

      • Sixer says:

        The NHS would have sent a bill for treatment to any foreign national’s insurer, or to the person themselves if they were uninsured – EXCEPT for any emergency room treatment, which is free to all regardless. It would likely be cheaper to Uncle Sam, however, since there’s no profit or insurer overhead in the UK and drug prices are exponentially lower, so medical treatment is generally less expensive like-for-like.

        In practice, they don’t chase for the money if it’s an uninsured person though. They don’t really have the infrastructure to do it, what with it generally being free an’ all.

      • Timbuktu says:

        Right, my takeaway from the whole piece was also “yeah, it’s nice to get all the help and not go broke”.

        @Sixer,
        what happens if a Brit gets sick overseas, say in the US (while traveling). Is there any way he can get the system to cover some expenses? I know there’s travel insurance, but is it required for Brits traveling to the US?

      • Sixer says:

        Timbuktu

        We have reciprocal arrangements with all other European countries, so we just apply for a little card, show it, and get healthcare as if we were a national – this is usually free or with very small co-pays.

        Outside of Europe, we just buy travel insurance. Usually, this covers medical, legal, belongings, cancellations, etc as an all-in-one. It’s not too expensive – I pay about £50 per single trip or £100 for an annual policy to cover all four of us Sixers.

        Last time I was in the States I had an ‘orrible bout of cystitis and had to go to an emergency room to get some antibiotics. My insurance claim for that was over $400. I almost fainted! Asked my family doctor what he would charge a tourist for the same consultation, culture and prescription – about £120 or $170.

        It seems that it’s not just that you don’t have universal healthcare. All your prices are inflated too! I don’t honestly know how you guys live with the stress of health insecurity, I really don’t.

    • ClaireB says:

      @Retty, be proud of your health care! Health problems can bankrupt and ruin families in the US and it’s terrifying. I am fortunate to have good insurance through my husband’s employer (state government) but so many more are not.

      I used to watch home reno/decorating shows imported from Canada, and people were always looking for a new house because they were quitting their jobs to freelance, and my first thought was always, “Oh, god, how are they going to afford health insurance?!” For a second, I would have genuine anxiety for them, and then I’d remember that they were actually Canadian and could do that sort of thing.

    • Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

      Yep, we’re lucky to be Europeans, 3 years ago I did a normal surgery (no big deal – miomas in my uterus) and I paid 30€ for 4 days in hospital and the surgery and basically everything. We Europeans tend to complain sometimes (conditions could be better) but it’s really great having a National Healthcare System available to everyone.

      • Andrea says:

        I am an American living in Canada and honestly, I’d love to move back to the US, but what stops me is the healthcare. I can quit my job, work part-time whatever and I still have healthcare. It would feel like a bit of a downgrade to move back and be on pins and needles over healthcare.

  15. Dick Move says:

    Honk xInfinity

  16. The Original Mia says:

    He should be looking to marry someone within the military. Someone who holds the same sense of duty and service that he has embraced. Too bad Sgt. Marks is married. They made a striking couple in those pictures, but hooray for her surviving and excelling in her events. What a wonderful gesture to give her medals to the hospital that saved her!

    The Invictus Games have been a delight to witness. I’m so proud of Harry and all involved.

  17. right says:

    Although I admire how engaging and happy Harry is with his games, I’ve got to say it’s just disgusting to overshadow someone’s beautiful and brave story, specially this someone being a veteran woman, with such rumors and speculations. It’s her moment, just like his, and they should have their accomplishments highlighted, not a rumor that would hurt HER, not him.
    Also, why does he HAVE to date someone right now? Can’t he just be awesome and wholesome and happy on his own for a few years?

  18. Cerys says:

    The woman in the story seems like the perfect type of woman for Harry. Brave and independent. One fragile snowflake in the RF is more than enough. Earlier this week Jenna Bush jokingly said she would give him her sister’s phone number. Lucky Barbara, if she did.

  19. sushi says:

    honk honk

  20. ClaireB says:

    This is exactly what Harry said happens with every woman he speaks to. It’s ridiculous. I’d love for him to find a good partner, but right now he his enjoying the triumph of his Invictus Games being a success and a joy to many veterans and their families, and that deserves to be news, not random speculation about any woman in his vicinity.

  21. Pinkybear says:

    I already see it: Harry engaged to a U.S. Marine. She’s going to be hardworking and dedicated to causes. Her skirt will never fly up and she will have the most appearances out of all the royals. Her work ethic will shine a light on how lazy Kate is.

  22. kat says:

    honk!

  23. CarrieUK says:

    I live down the road from Papworth hospital, I’m here to help Harry!!!

    Ps. It’s an awesome hospital

  24. hmmm says:

    I am disappointed with most of the media. They often turn out to be corrupt panderers and mouthpieces, adept at nothing but fairy tales and innuendo. There are too many tabloids and little of substantial reportage. Feh. Harry’s more than a pin-up.

  25. Sixer says:

    All you guys who liked the choir: the song will be available for download from tomorrow, with proceeds to benefit the Invictus Foundation. I’ll give you a link when it’s ready.

  26. kri says:

    That is one hell of a woman. And I think my BF is definitely smitten with her. I don’t blame him.

  27. ClaireB says:

    Just as an update for those who were unable to watch the games: ESPN continued to have a broader range of advertisements during both the live broadcast and replay on their app. They also started advertising for their own events and shows which they did not do for the first two days. There was even a series of ads for the new Captain America movie! Quite a change from the three or four ads on constant repeat for the first two days. From my perspective that is a positive because it seems that the games were generating interest and viewer numbers enough to draw more advertisers.

    Almost all of the competitors interviewed said that they were extremely grateful for the opportunity that adaptive sport and the Invictus Games provided. Many cited the camaraderie of being back among service members as a joy for them and also said it was great to be among injured/wounded veterans of all nations. Prince Harry was thanked quite a bit for starting and supporting the games. Some of the competitors were going to the Paralympics, but others didn’t qualify physically or had just started in their sports and were very excited to compete in these games. Lots of them said they would be in Toronto next year and were already looking forward to it. It was really lovely to see so many veterans (and some currently serving, too) overcoming physical and mental injuries to reclaim their bodies and their minds through these sports. The competitions were always friendly and supportive and the atmosphere seemed to be one of trust and fun and joyous participation.

    I was honestly surprised at how much support ESPN gave the games. They did not skimp on commentators. The tennis commentator was the same that they have at Wimbledon and other tournements (Brad Whatshisname), they always had a main commentator and a more specialized commentator, and an interviewer down on the field. For the wheelchair rugby, they had the inventor of murderball, on which wheelchair rugby is based. For archery, they had the 7th ranked archer in the world. And after the last competition, which was basketball, the commentator said that many of the ESPN people had said how wonderful the games were and how they would be happy to come back and do it again next year.

    TL;DR: It was a fun and moving 4-5 days of competition and I enjoyed watching everything I could. And from interviews and what I could see, all the competitors, families, and spectators enjoyed it much more than I did. It was extremely uplifting, and still very athletically competitive, and if you can find a way to watch even the highlights, I encourage you to do so.

  28. Liberty says:

    Everyone please watch Harry’s sign off speech from the games finale event tonight. It was stunning. The man is a king, the real Arthurian deal. The crowd chanted Harry Harry Harry after he walked off. Just wait til you see it. Wow.

  29. Putnam Princess says:

    Love love love Harry. I really want him to find someone nice and warm to settle down with. He deserves it and would be a fantastic dad. It is great to see him so happy.

  30. teacakes says:

    I wish the media paid more attention to the fact that she gave her medal back as a thank-you to the Papworth hospital, for the care she received under the NHS.

    It’s a travesty, what the Tories are doing to the service even now. I’m not even British and I’m still mad.

    • Sixer says:

      teacakes – I think the problem for the NHS under this government is actually the cuts they have made in other areas. Social care is a good example – they’ve cut that, so now old people bed block in hospitals because it’s not safe to send them home until they are 100% recovered, whereas before social care services would take care of them at home if they were 95% recovered. Cuts in other areas such as housing and education also trip over into extra healthcare expenditure due to stress etc. We are seeing hospital admissions for malnutrition, usually due to welfare cuts. MALNUTRITION. In the fifth richest country in the world. It’s horrendous.

      It’s public spending 101, isn’t it? Cutting what people want is politically unacceptable so governments don’t do it. Cutting what they need? It doesn’t save money because the cost of what you cut just transfers to other budgets. And vast amounts of that is falling on the NHS in Britain. In principle, the Tories can say they have preserved expenditure. In practice, they’ve added to its bill exponentially.

  31. Sixer says:

    Here’s episode 2 of the choir on YouTube. I’ll put the link on any post today or tomorrow too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKje5CHKQhg

  32. Rae says:

    Harry for King!

    I’m repeating that more and more lately.