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Prince Harry opens the mental health issues in the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games



Prince Harry said in a speech for the closing ceremony of his Invictus Games that the secret of success for the athletes is " mental health is the true key to recovery". Harry then recited about his own struggles after the death of his mother Diana

"I was there, you were there and now we have to reach those who can never. Imagine you were in this place "Harry said.

Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are in Sydney promoting the Invictus Games that Harry launched in 201

4 for injured veterans. Around 500 participants from 18 nations participated in the games, which include eleven adapted sports, BBC News reports.

"Our competitors have helped turn the topic of mental health from a sad story to an inspiring story," said Harry. "They would rather live than just live."

  British Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at the Closing Ceremony of the Invictus Games Sydney

British Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the Closing Ceremony of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 in Sydney, Australia on July 27 October 2018.

PHIL NOBLE / REUTERS

The prince said that the Invictus competitors were often called heroes or legends, but ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things and reminded everyone that no challenge is too difficult to overcome.

Harry and his brother, Prince William, and their sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, launched the campaign [Heads Together] in 2016 to destroy the stigma of mental health talks. Harry and William have in the past expressed their grief after the death of their mother.

Harry and Meghan, who are four months pregnant, are currently on a 16-day tour. They also visited Fiji and Tonga on their tour.

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