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Prince Harry, who served in Afghanistan, on the Taliban resurgence

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Prince Harry has encouraged military veterans to “offer support for one another” amid the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

The Duke of Sussex spent 10 years in the Army, including two frontline tours to Afghanistan, and is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, which supports veterans’ recovery through sports competitions.

In a statement issued with the organisation’s chair Lord Allen of Kensington CBE and chief executive Dominic Reid OBE, Harry said: “What’s happening in Afghanistan resonates across the international Invictus community.

Prince Harry in the cockpit of a helicopter while at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, 2012
Image: The Duke of Sussex in the cockpit of a helicopter while at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, in 2012

“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.

“We encourage everybody across the Invictus network – and the wider military community – to reach out to each other and offer support for one another.”

The Invictus Games have been postponed for two years running due to the pandemic.

The next competition is scheduled in The Hague, the Netherlands, next year.