Prince Harry’s fiancée, Meghan Markle will travel to Sydney in the autumn to cheer on competitors at the Invictus Games, having been inspired by the competitive spirit of Britain’s wounded warriors.
The games were created by her husband-to-be to allow wounded, injured and sick armed services personnel to take part in sports such as wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing.
Ms Markle met hopefuls for the Games in team trials at Bath University, and told them she would be cheering them on at the event. When Toronto hosted the Games last year, Ms Markle, who at the time was living and working there, attended the opening and closing ceremonies with Harry.
Kerys Knight, 48, a former driver in the Women’s Royal Army Corps, who has nerve damage in her left leg following an accident, said: “She said how good it was to be here and see the start of the Invictus journey.”
Former Army medic Lisa Johnston, 35, from Doncaster, who lost her left leg following an injury, is hoping to be picked for a range of events including volleyball and discus.
She said after speaking to Meghan: “We were talking about the weather, she said she was very British now because all she talks about is the weather. It’s an important subject because she brought the sun with her – it was freezing earlier.”
RAF Sergeant Pete Lauder, 39, chatted to the couple when they watched the volleyball, an event in which he hopes to be chosen to compete.
Sgt Lauder, who has a serious hip joint condition, said: “We were chatting about Canada, she really enjoyed it and she said she’s going to be in Australia.”
Ms Markle wore a Babaton for Aritzia jacket, jeans and a Games polo shirt, as did her fiancé.