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Prince Harry raises Invictus Games flag over Sydney Harbor

Off Kirsty Wigglesworth and Rod McGuirk | AP 19 October at 15:45 SYDNEY – Prince Harry peeled at Harbor Bridge…

SYDNEY – Prince Harry peeled at Harbor Bridge over Friday to raise a flag marking the arrival of Invictus Games, his brainchildren and the focus of his current royal tour of Australia and South Pacific.

The sports event, founded by Harry 2014, starts on Saturday. It allows sick and injured military personnel and veterans to compete in sports as a wheelchair’s basketball and to find inspiration to recover.

The fact that the duchess of Sussex never planned to climb the world’s tallest steel bridge with her husband had burned speculation that she is pregnant. The speculation was confirmed on Monday when Harry and former Meghan Markle announced that their first child was due to the northern spring.

Harry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, four members of the Australian team and the widow of an Australian veteran climbed more than 1,000 steps on the back of an arc to raise the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 flag.

“Sydney Harbor Bridge is an Australian icon and I can not imagine any better place to raise … the flag,” Morrison said in a statement.

During the descent, Harry fought Gwen Cherne, a game ambassador, whose husband, Peter Cafe, a veteran in Iraq and Afghanistan, took his own life in February.

“We talked about mental health and really work to change the way our global society sees mental health and handle it,” Cherne said later.

The flag will fly 134 meters above Sydney Harbor until the matches close on 27 October 19659013] Harry and his A merican former actress will attend the opening and closing ceremony. About 500 athletes from 18 nations will compete in arenas around Sydney.

The couple last Friday went barefoot at Bondi Beach to Meet a group of surfers focused on mental well-being.

The OneWave group meets weekly in an anti-bath vibe circle on the sand.

While the group was wearing loud and outrageous fluorescent outfits, Harry and Meghan were more subdued, but Their message to the group was clear.

“They are super passionate about mental health. They show that mental health does not discriminate, “says OneWave founder Grant Trebilco.

Charlotte Connell, a OneWave member, said Harry talked about his own experiences and sought advice more than 20 years after his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car accident in a tunnel in Paris in 1997 when he was 12.

“Harry said it did not take him six months but 18 months to find the right person to talk to. “You will not find the right person to talk right away,” said Connell.

Both Harry and Meghan used exercise as a way to keep up well, said Connell.

“Even in her jet lagged condition, she stood up in the morning and did yoga at 4.30 pm,” said Connell.

“She said it’s good to heal her,” Connell added.

After Bondi did paired an unmasked visit to the Macarthur Girls High School in Parramatta, central Sydney.

The screaming students gave the couple a rock star a welcome to a school meeting. “

” When they entered, I felt like my heart stopped. Their presence just made everyone shocked, says 15-year-old student Rhiannon.

The couple ended today’s event with formal meetings with Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten.

Harry and Meghan will also visit Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand during their 16-day tour.

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McGuirk reported from Canberra, Australia.

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