Prince Harry was all about the military, veterans & the Invictus Games on Tuesday

Harry Invictus team

Here are some photos of Prince Harry on Tuesday, officially launching Team Britain for this year’s Invictus Games. I think that basically means that Harry did a photo-op with the British athletes who will be participating in this year’s games in Toronto, which should be the biggest Invictus Games thus far. The Invictus Games project seems to grow by leaps and bounds every year – last year’s games in Orlando were significantly bigger than the London games in 2014. True story: very little of Harry’s work on the Invictus Games – which he pulled together and organized, based off America’s Warrior Games – is categorized as a royal appearance on the Court Circular. Meaning, I doubt this launch event “counts” towards Harry’s year-end numbers. So when people complain about Harry being as “work shy” as his brother and sister-in-law, it’s really not true. It’s just the work Harry does is not work on behalf of the Queen.

On a more superficial note, Harry looks great in these photos, right? Last year, when he met Meghan Markle, Harry reportedly got a trainer and started taking his workouts more seriously. You can tell too – he hasn’t looked booze-bloated in months or carb-puffy in months. In addition to the Invictus launch event, Harry also hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace Tuesday afternoon. It was the annual Not Forgotten Association Garden Party and it was for “providing entertainment and recreation for thousands of wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans.” Sounds like the British version of America’s USO. This was Harry’s first “solo” BP garden party, meaning he had to host the party by himself, without any royal backup. Hopefully Meghan will be around soon enough to help him out.

UK Team launch for Invictus Games Toronto 2017

Prince Harry attends the announcement of the Invictus Games 2017 British team

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Idky says:

    Yeah, he looks really good in these photos.

    I don’t think Harry and Meghan are quite there yet in terms of getting engaged. They haven’t even been together for a full year and it is a long distance relationship. I think we are rushing them.

    • sondg says:

      I think it’s already a done deal privately, unofficial for now.

      2018 wedding is my prediction.

      • Idky says:

        I go back and forth with them. Sometimes I think like you, that it’s done deal. Then other times I think he’s just going to play it out – meaning he’s not in a rush to seal the deal.

    • PrincessK says:

      I think engaged and married in 2017

  2. Barrett says:

    He just oozes goodness and charisma, hope its genuine. I have a crush on him for his personality and charity work.

    He stands alone, needs no backup! Anyone else good around like Megan is just an added bonus. Always have him w a serviceman or woman or their service dogs….I’m done! Love love! In this crazy world a good thing to read!

    • sondg says:

      Love him. He is so warm and has charisma. I wish the Palace would give him his own PR person, separate from PW and Kate’s, but oh well. He is doing fine. The story and photos of the little girl with her letter about her mom, was so sweet.

  3. Suze says:

    Kaiser, I know you like Harry, but even factoring in the Invictus Games, Harry has very low work numbers in the House of Wales. Not quite WillKat levels, but he isn’t burning down the house, work wise.

    That said, Invictus is more than worthy, and I applaud his efforts here. I believe they are sincere and that he is at his most engaged when he is working on this s project. He looks pretty good here, too.

    • Betsy says:

      How would anyone even know how much he works in Invictus? I ask that genuinely; how would we know how much behind the scenes work he does?

      • PrincessK says:

        Totally agree with Betsy. Measuring the number of engagements carried out needs to factor in how long it is , where it is, the amount of preparation, and the overall quality of the event. It cannot be measured by numbers alone.

    • notasugarhere says:

      What she’s pointing out is that since it isn’t recorded, we don’t see how much work it is. Every behind the scenes meeting is now counted for W&K, because their numbers were so low. Harry’s meetings, plus anything for Invictus and Sentebale, aren’t counted or are sometimes counted oddly. His appearance at Invictus Games itself actually did count as an official engagement last time.

      You may think an international sporting event organizes itself without his input. I think this and Sentebale take a lot of care and feeding, most of which doesn’t “count”. It is like Charles vs. Anne. Anne may have higher engagement totals, but Charles is doing Duchy work (which Harry also does re. Romanian properties), Dumfries House, Prince’s Trust, etc. in addition to engagements. That work doesn’t get counted in the CC either.

    • Harry would do well to patch things up in Romania. Despite the optics the Romanian people do not love Charles but they could eventually come to respect and like Harry.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The whole Romanian Duchy expansion is odd to me. Why is Duchy money used for that instead of Charles’s personal money?

      • nota,
        As usual, great question. Charles either has been given poor advice or he’s stacking his chips against the day his heirs demolish the monarchy?

    • sondg says:

      Harry works more than William and Kate. Many of Harry’s royal outings are not recorded as official.
      …..imo because gaawwd forbid his numbers surpass the future heir to the heir.

  4. Starryfish says:

    Some of the British press has recently started referring to Markle as his ” girlfriend of more than a year,” it’s a subtle but interesting shift. Since nobody really knows when they got together I wonder if his press people have signaled to folks that things are in the works.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I think the press are grasping at straws, pushing when these two may not have made any decisions. From what was publicly available on their social media, etc.? She and her previous boyfriend split amicably in May. She was in London for PR work for Suits in July which is when she and Harry seem to have met – through another Eugenie connection.

  5. PIa says:

    I wonder if Megan will make her official appearance at Toronto’s Games (which I know will be followed by a cringe-y PR statement about her being a “hometown sweetheart dressed to the nines by Jessica Mulroney”).

  6. Shelley says:

    Always much more interesting when Harry is not with his wet noodle sibling and sister in law

  7. ickythump says:

    Lookin good Hazza – well done..

  8. seesittellsit says:

    I simply can’t warm to Harry (or William, for that matter), I don’t know why. I always have this “best of a bad lot” feeling about both boys. Markle seems to have faded quickly from the magazine covers and tabs once the frenzy balloon around her coming to all segments of Pippa’s Simple English Country Wedding went flat.

    Could mean anything – could mean they’ve gone back to private pursuit of happiness for awhile (probably with relief), could mean they want more time, could mean they need to wait till after the election to announce, could mean announcement is imminent, could mean Markle took one look around at the guest set a Pippa’s reception and said, “OMG!” . . .

    But fun to speculate . . .

    • Andrea says:

      I think that’s how they wanted it, which is why she closed the tig, they were mining it for stories, once the wedding was over the stories dried up. Hopefully they’ll leave them alone now. Remember between Dec and Feb no one could find them and they were fine.

    • BeamMeUpScottie says:

      She is covergirl for the June issue of Vanity Fair (MX)

  9. PrincessK says:

    Last week’s edition of Hello, which featured the church part of the wedding, is total proof that the Middleton’s sold the wedding, and used Meghan and Harry as bait. It actually states that the next edition of Hello, Part Two of Pippa’s wedding, will focus on the reception and feature all the glamorous guests at the reception INCLUDING MEGHAN MARKLE! and the magazine puts a picture of Meghan beside this teaser. I wonder if Meghan and Harry are happy about the way they are being used by the Middleton’s in this very tacky way. I wish they had not attended. They may have only attended to be polite. As it was Meghan and Harry left at midnight even though the party went on until 4am. I will not be surprised if Hello does a Part three of the honeymoon since they had a photographer track them every step of the way,

  10. Kaz says:

    I think Harry comes across as friendly and down to earth. He has an easier way with people than his uptight big brother. However he will have to be so careful to really project that he is hardworking lest he end up being viewed as the disolute idle rich younger brother. Think Prince Andrew.