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Prince Harry inspires UK Invictus Games hopefuls 100 days before 'epic' competition

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Chloe Best
Lifestyle Features Editor
January 29, 2016
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Prince Harry gave an inspirational address to some of the competitors trialling for a place on the GB team for the second Invictus Games tournament on Friday. With just 100 days to go until the games take place in Orlando, Harry invited the audience to be ambassadors for the "Invictus spirit" and spread the word about the event.

The 31-year-old drew laughter from the crowd during his unscripted address, saying: "Guys, a lot of different faces here! We have taken it to a whole new level by going to a different country, to Orlando, where the weather is much nicer.

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Prince Harry gave an inspirational speech ahead of the 2016 Invictus Games

"That's why most of you are here, either that or you've got an obsession with Disneyland. And looking at some you, that's probably the case."

He added: "It's not necessarily about selection but it's about the whole piece. The way it's fixing you, whether it's mental or physical. To be able to be in this process. That's what it's all about for us, what it always has been about.

"The chance to bring you all together so you share some stories and some banter and get yourself into a bit of trouble."

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Harry cheered on competitors who were trialling to join the GB team

In return he asked for competitors to share the "Invictus spirit", which he said was "about selfless commitment, about heroic activities that a lot of you have been in in some shape or form."

Harry also took the opportunity to pay tribute to explorer Henry Worsley, who died while trying to cross Antarctica and raise money for the Endeavour Fund – the charity that backs the games.

The Prince described Henry as the "definition of selfless commitment", telling the crowd: "This person was raising funds for the Endeavour Fund so people like you can do amazing things and rediscover yourselves. Thanks to him we have huge options for more and more people."

Harry revealed in the summer that he would be bringing the Invictus Games to the US for the first time in 2016, and said he hopes that America will set the bar "even higher" than London, which staged the inaugural games in September 2014.

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