Prince Harry is speaking out on behalf of the Invictus Games. The 36-year-old Duke of Sussex released a joint statement along with Lord Allen, the Chair of the Invictus Games Foundation and Dominic Reid, the CEO, on Monday, amid the turmoil in Afghanistan.
In the statement, which was released on the Games’ Twitter account, the men wrote, “What’s happening in Afghanistan resonates across the international Invictus community. Many of the participating nations and competitors in the Invictus Games family are bound by a shared experience of serving in Afghanistan over the past two decades, and for several years, we have competed alongside Invictus Games Team Afghanistan.”
Concluding the statement, the Games’ leaders wrote, “We encourage everybody across the Invictus network — and the wider military community — to reach out to each other and offer support for one another.”
Over the past few days, the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years as the United States military continued its planned withdrawal. The militant group has taken over major cities, causing many to attempt to flee the country, including Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.
Prince Harry founded The Invictus Games in 2014 to help wounded service men and women in the United Kingdom and around the world “harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country,” according to their website.