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Prince Harry visits the Netherlands to launch 2020 Invictus Games

Prince Harry takes part in a spot of archery during a sports training session as he attends the presentation of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 in The Hague, Netherlands, May 9, 2019. Photo Credit: Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS

Prince Harry visits the Netherlands to launch 2020 Invictus Games

One day after introducing newborn baby Archie to the world, Prince Harry flew to the Hague in support of the 2020 Invictus Games.

Prince Harry visits the Netherlands to launch 2020 Invictus Games

Only a couple of days after his wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex gave birth to his first-born son, baby Archie, Prince Harry is back to work, supporting one of his key initiatives: the Invictus Games.

The Duke of Sussex founded the Games as an international adaptive sport competition for wounded servicemen, women, and veterans. After taking place in Sydney, Australia, this past fall, the 2020 Invictus Games will be in the Hague, the Netherlands.

Prince Harry the Netherlands

Britain’s Prince talks to athletes as he attends the presentation of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 in The Hague, Netherlands, May 9, 2019. Photo Credit: Patrick van Katwijk/Pool via REUTERS

During his visit to the Netherlands, Prince Harry described his son Archie as giving him a new focus and goal as he wore a jacket declaring “I am daddy”.

Harry spoke to former soldier Dennis van der Stroom, 31, as he took a break from paternity leave to visit The Hague for the one year countdown to the Invictus Games being held there.

Mr van der Stroom, who served in the army from 2006 to 2011, said: “Harry talked about how having a small child was his new focus and new goal and I told him how a couple of months ago, I was struggling with my mental health but my wife’s pregnancy has given me a goal.

“Above all he said he was just amazed by the miracles in the world, and how his child has made a lot of people happy.”

Prince Harry was presented with an adorable Invictus Games baby suit by Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, during the official launch of the one year countdown to the event in The Hague.

Prince Harry in the Netherlands

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

New charity

On Thursday, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also announced the launch of Shout, a new text messaging helpline that supports people in crisis.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: “Shout operates 24/7 and connects people in need to trained volunteers who provide help at a time when it is most needed; enabling them to move from a moment of crisis to a calm state and form a plan for next steps to find longer-term support.”

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