Prince Harry’s Christmas card sent to family and friends featured a US Army veteran’s children.
US veteran and Invictus Games competitor, Anthony Radetic was surprised to find this two children in Prince Harry’s card when it came in the post.
The card featured Ana-Maria, 10 and Vinko, five smiling on either side of the prince. A handwritten message to the family read: “To the Radetic family, thank you for making my Christmas card.”
The picture was taken during the Invictus Games in Orlando this May.
The noticeable difference this year being the card was only for family and friends and not released by Kensington Palace.
As anyone whose children were picked to be on a Royal Christmas card, Radetic was excited to share the news with others posting the news on Facebook. “What an absolute honor to receive a Christmas card from Prince Harry and to have my kids on a royal family card with the prince himself!” he wrote.
— Anthony Radetic (@Blackhawk_UH60) December 27, 2016
The Radetic family, who resides in Alabama, spoke to the Mirror about the honour. Radetic saying: “It was amazing.
“I’m truly honoured and am so grateful to Prince Harry for doing this.
“He is definitely my top pick as the best celebrity out there, spokesperson and just kind person.”
Adding on: “The Invictus Games is a big event and I really appreciate everything that the Royal Family has done to organise it.
“it’s definitely a life-changer for a lot of soldiers out there, finding a new drive.
“This for me just caps off the year, it’s amazing.”
He also commented that the prince has made a “huge impact” on his children’s lives, and that they are both “so excited” to be featured on the card.
Anthony Radetic is a retired US Army helicopter pilot who was left paralysed from a motorbike accident in 2004.
He has taken part in both Invictus Games, competing in cycling and swimming in London 2014 and May 2016. Radetic is also training to compete in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games as a para-alpine skier.