Prince Harry has announced that the Invictus Games, a competition in which wounded servicemen and women compete in sporting events, is coming to Sydney, Australia in 2018. The fifth-in-line to the throne announced the news in a hilarious video, with a little help from Kylie Minogue.
Speaking to the camera at the Tourism Australia offices in London, the Prince said: "The Invictus Games has shown us what can be achieved when wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women rediscover their fighting spirit through sport.
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Kylie appeared on the video
"We have raised the bar higher with each successive games, and I know that Toronto are planning an incredible event when they host the Games in September. But where should the Games go next? The 2018 Games are coming to Sydney!"
The announcement was met by cheers from the servicemen and women in the video with the Prince, one of whom hands him a surfing board, joking: "Welcome to Sydney mate. You're going to need this."
The Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation then hears his phone ringtone – Kylie Minogue's I Should Be So Lucky – and answers a call from the pop star, saying: "Hi Kylie! Good timing, the 2018 Invictus Games are coming to Sydney! Can I guarantee the Aussies are going to bring it?"
Kylie replies: "Hey Prince Harry! Listen, we're stoked the Invictus Games are coming to Sydney but you don't need to tell Aussies to bring it, it's guaranteed."
Speaking of the impact the Invictus Games that made on his life, Curtis McGrath, who won medals in the 2014 and 2016 Games said: "I've been lucky enough to compete in two Invictus Games – in London and in Orlando – and you can't underestimate the difference these Games can make to someone's life.
"Just having the chance to stand alongside fellow wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women and once again represent your country is something I never take for granted. The Invictus Games have opened up so many opportunities for me and given me a new inspiration for life. I can't wait for the Invictus Games to come to Sydney in 2018 and show the world what Australia and Australians are made of."