Harry pays tribute to wounded heroes

Prince Harry hailed Britain’s wounded veterans “heroes” as he accepted a humanitarian award for his efforts supporting injured members of the Armed Forces.

The prince paid tribute to servicemen and women battling to rebuild their lives after suffering terrible injuries fighting for their country.

His comments during an awards ceremony in Washington last night came after he met some of those heroes – a group of servicemen and women who had competed at America’s Warrior Games, an event for wounded service personnel.

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The athletes won five gold medals and a bronze during the sporting event where injured veterans compete in Paralympic-style competitions.

Prince Harry received the humanitarian award from the Atlantic Council, a body which promotes transatlantic co-operation and international security.

Speaking during the awards ceremony held at an exclusive Washington hotel, Harry said: “So many of our servicemen and women have made the ultimate sacrifice; so many lives have been lost and so many changed forever by the wounds that they have suffered in the course of their duties.”

Members of the UK’s Warrior Games team chatted to the prince last night at the Washington residence of Britain’s Ambassador to America Sir Peter Westmacott.