Prince Harry was interviewed this week on BBC Radio 2 about the launch of the Invictus Games, a Paralympic style sporting event for injured armed forces servicemen.
Speaking to the BBC’s Chris Evans on his breakfast show, the Prince said that launching the Invictus Games was a full-time job but a “great” experience at the same time.
The games, which will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Park in September, will involve a variety of sports from wheelchair basketball to indoor rowing. Prince Harry said he saw a similar idea in the US, and “stole” the concept.
The point of them games is to help the injured servicemen get back into the world of work using “the power of sport”. Additionally, he told the radio station that the games were a chance for some of the competitors to “rebuild their lives”.
The Queen’s grandson has been working to bring the event to the UK after seeing the Warrior Games in the United States which is a similar event.
“We decided it was such a wonderful concept, we should steal it, make it bigger, make it better and bring it back home,” he said.
“This is basically my full-time job at the moment, making sure that we pull this off.”
However, despite Prince Harry saying he has enjoyed creating the games, he admitted that there were struggles at times.
“It’s been a real struggle actually. Anyone listening out there, I would say if you’re going to try and plan something this big in under a year, make sure you’ve either got Sir Keith Mills with you or don’t bother doing it at all. It’s been great.”
Sir Keith Mills is the former deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. He has helped the prince to organise the Invictus Games.
The sports to be featured in the Games include wheelchair basketball, wheelchair basketball, archery, indoor rowing, power-lifting, swimming and sitting volleyball.
Prince Harry plans to make the Invictus Games a regular event saying “We’re still trying to work out whether we do it next year or the year after and whether it’s going to be within the UK or whether it’s going to be abroad.”
Around 55,000 tickets have gone on sale for the Games. The Prince is hoping for a sell-out crowd.
Photo credit: Invictus Games 2014