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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to attend Invictus Games team trials

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be attending the UK team trials for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Friday 6 April.

Prince Harry is a Patron of the Invictus Games, the only international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran.

The aim of the Invictus Games is to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation through the power of sport. The Games also generates a wider understanding and respect for all those who serve their country.

The UK team trials are run by Help for Heroes with support from the Ministry of Defence, The Royal British Legion, and the Endeavor Fund. The University of Bath will be hosting the trials for four days.

The trials will see more than 400 WIS military personnel and veterans compete for one of the 72 places available on the UK team. 45 percent of the hopefuls wanting to represent the UK have never applied for an Invictus Games before, highlighting the legacy of past Games.

Prince Harry founded and launched the Games back in 2014 after seeing the positive impact the Warrior Games in the United States had on servicemen and women. The Games were first held in London in 2014 and were also held in Orlando in 2016 and Toronto in 2017.

It was during the 2017 Invictus Games that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first official appearance together at a tennis match of Australia v New Zealand.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will join the hopefuls at the University of Bath as they try out on the athletics track. The Royal couple will then meet those taking part in the indoor sitting volleyball trials.

During the week-long event which starts on 20 October, the Invictus Games will see over 500 competitors from 18 nations compete in 11 adaptive sports making it the largest games so far.

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