In the midst of the Afghan retreat, Prince Harry has called for Britons to ‘rally around’ British troops.
Following the Taliban’s spectacular takeover of Afghanistan, Prince Harry has urged military veterans to “help one another.”
Through the Invictus Games Foundation, Prince Harry has issued a statement encouraging military veterans and the general public to “reach out to one another and offer support for one another.” His remarks come after a historic week in Afghanistan, which saw the Taliban regain Kabul and the country’s provinces after the United States and the United Kingdom withdrew troops from the country.
“He is clearly wanting us all to rally behind with our support, which I think is really amazing from Prince Harry,” entertainment writer Courtney Tezeno told Lorraine.
Prince Harry spent ten years in the British military, including two tours in Afghanistan, before founding the Invictus Games for wounded veterans.
“What is occurring in Afghanistan resonates across the international Invictus community,” he stated in a statement released on Twitter.
“We have competed alongside Invictus Games Team Afghanistan for numerous years, and many of the participating nations and competitors in the Invictus Games family have a shared experience of serving in Afghanistan over the previous two decades.”
“We encourage everyone in the Invictus network — as well as the broader military community — to reach out to one another and offer support.”
Lord Allen of Kensington CBE, the chair of the Invictus Games Foundation, and Dominic Reid, the CEO of the Invictus Games, collaborated on the statement.
In May 2005, Prince Harry enlisted in the British army and completed his Officer Cadet training at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
In 2008, it was discovered that he had spent 10 weeks in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province serving his country.
After an Australian newspaper broke the media embargo intended to protect his security and exposed his location, he was withdrawn from battle.
“Prince Harry is very happy to serve his country on operations with his fellow soldiers and to undertake the job he has been trained for,” Clarence House said at the time.
He learned to fly military helicopters after reaching to the rank of lieutenant, following in the footsteps of his brother Prince William and uncle, Prince Andrew.
He later went to Helmand Province in 2012 for a 20-week assignment as a “Brinkwire Summary News” reporter.