Prince Harry issues statement through the Invictus Games about Afghanistan

As America withdrew from Afghanistan and as Kabul fell, I saw a handful of royal reporters try to make this all about Prince Harry. As in, Harry should be “mad” at President Biden, or Harry has the duty to get involved in politics, or Harry must say something (so they can attack him). Harry is a veteran of war, having served two tours in Afghanistan. It was because of his service in the field that Harry understood the pain and sacrifice of soldiers, and his experiences led him to founding the Invictus Games. Many of the veterans who compete in the games served in Afghanistan too. So Harry used the Invictus Games profile to issue a joint statement with Dominic Reed, the CEO of Invictus.

As Taliban rule takes hold in Afghanistan, Prince Harry is speaking out. In a joint statement with Dominic Reid, the CEO of Harry’s Invictus Games, the Duke of Sussex encouraged military veterans to seek support from one another as the situation continues to unfold.

“What’s happening in Afghanistan resonates across the international Invictus community,” read their statement, which was shared on the Invictus Games Foundation’s Twitter account. “Many of the participating nations and competitors in the Invictus Games family are bound by a shared experience of serving in Afghanistan over the past two decades, and for several years, we have competed alongside Invictus Games Team Afghanistan.”

“We encourage everybody across the Invictus network — and the wider military community — to reach out to each other and offer support for one another,” the statement concluded.

Harry served in the British Army for 10 years, and was deployed to Afghanistan twice.

After overtaking several other cities in Afghanistan, the Taliban entered the capital city of Kabul on Sunday, triggering the collapse of the government as President Ashraf Ghani left the country and the U.S. military continued its planned withdrawal. The takeover has led to fear and chaos as thousands of people are trying to leave the country.

[From People]

That’s the way to make a public statement about what’s happening. Focus on what can be controlled, which is supporting veterans who know what it was like to serve in Afghanistan. Veterans supporting veterans. I hope no one was seriously expecting Harry to make a political statement about what’s happening there, or the tragedy and broken promises of a twenty-year war.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid.

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