The Sussexes

Prince Harry proves archery is not his sport

Prince Harry showed on a visit yesterday, though current army skills may be his forte, archery is perhaps not one of his greater skills.

While visiting the Injured Players Foundation (IPF), the Prince is pictured in a video clip released by Kensington Palace lifting the bow and arrow and carefully taking aim and firing the arrow off-screen. A smile and shrug of the shoulders by Prince Harry indicates he may have missed the bulls-eye, or possibly the target.

This was not the only sport that he was introduced to during his visit; Prince Harry also tried on a diving glove as the IPF are aiming to introduce scuba-diving and playing boccia – a wheelchair version of bocce a variant of bowls or the French game of petanque. The IPF work mainly with former rugby players and so a game where the accurate throwing or tossing of a ball should be something which appeals to them.

Prince Harry has been Patron of the IPF since 2010; the charity supports rugby players from all levels of the game who have been severely injured. Through the support given by the charity, they aim to empower the people to live as independent lives as possible – and also still keep competitive sport as part of their lives so they can still achieve the benefits it gave them before.

It is clear why Prince Harry chose this charity to support as the aims it has with regards to injured rugby players has a clear resonance with the work that the Prince has done with the Invictus Games and the great support that has given for wounded service personnel throughout the world. Though, on this visit, the Prince travelled solo, of course, his trip to the Invictus Games in Australia will form part of the first long-distance foreign tour for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.