Prince Harry has been spotted several times over the last week sharing heartwarming moments with his fellow audience members during the 2017 Invictus Games. The prince even broke royal protocol by holding hands with his girlfriend Meghan Markle. Most recently, Harry did something incredibly sweet, stopping in the middle of the Games to write a very important letter.
While touring the warm-up area at the cycling event in High Park on Wednesday, Prince Harry learned that a former Invictus athlete’s wife is currently battling cancer. In an act his mother Princess Diana would have been proud of, Prince Harry immediately found a pen and paper and took several minutes to write a letter to this woman, expressing his best wishes and a few words of encouragement.
Guylaine Catelain, 53, was the recipient of Prince Harry’s handwritten letter. Her husband is Colonel Lauren Catelain, the former chief of the French mountain commandos. He lost both of his legs fighting in Afghanistan and has competed in both the 2014 London Invictus Games and the 2016 Orlando Invictus Games. Colonel Catelain was unable to attend this year’s events because he is at home caring for Guylaine.
“I asked Prince Harry to write her a note to encourage her,” French cycling captain David Travadon told People. “He took his time to write it and put a lot of care and thought into it… It will be very important to her. He sent her his best wishes and told her the spirit of the games is with her.”
Prince Harry, who created the Invictus Games with his advisors back in 2014, also served for 10 years in the British Army. Serving two tours in Afghanistan, Prince Harry eventually rose to the rank of captain and found that, despite his title, he still felt powerless when he went on missions to save lives. “You turn up and you think you’re invincible in a super-duper aircraft, but you’re helpless,” he told People. “Then I come back and I say, ‘How can I use my name and that spotlight to the best effect?’”
For Prince Harry, founding the Invictus Games was “almost like a cure for that pain I had back then.” It looks like the prince’s support for his fellow servicemen continues on several years later, extending to wounded veterans and all of their family members.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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