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Prince Harry in trouble as he suffers major blow over Meghan Markle’s stunts

Prince Harry finds himself amidst controversy as a growing number of voices are urging him to step down from his role at the Invictus Games, citing concerns over the event’s direction and the involvement of Meghan Markle. The Invictus Games, an international sporting event founded by Prince Harry for wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veterans, is facing criticism from former participants and supporters.

Reports suggest that approximately 2,000 former military personnel have distanced themselves from the event, claiming it has strayed from its original purpose. These veterans feel that the Games have deviated from their core mission of empowering and inspiring military communities through sports.

PR expert Ryan McCormick doesn’t believe King Charles’s estranged son Harry will take notice of the criticism, saying: “Harry had no qualms about being honored as a ‘Legend of Aviation’ in January so I don’t believe he’ll heed calls to step down from the Invictus Games.” 

Ryan told the Mirror: “If The Duke did, however, and said it was out of respect to veterans, it could be a sizable boost of positive PR.” Ryan’s comments come following warnings from veterans that the Invictus Games have lost their way. GB News host Mark Dolan claims: “About 2,000 ex-military have left the games, as they say it’s lost its original meaning. There are some former veterans who would like Harry to step down.”

A statement published on the Invictus Games’ social media accounts read: “The Invictus Games Foundation will celebrate 10 years of changing lives and saving lives with a ‘Service of Thanksgiving’ at St Paul’s Cathedral on May 8th. We will be joined by our Patron, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, actor Damian Lewis and members of the worldwide Invictus Community to mark the occasion.”

The Duke of Sussex has remained silent regarding these calls for his resignation. Despite the growing pressure, he appears committed to continuing his work with the Games. Experts speculate that Harry’s reluctance to step away stems from his deep personal connection to the military and the veterans’ community, having served in the British Army and completed two tours in Afghanistan. This personal history with the military imbues the Invictus Games with special significance for him, making the decision to leave a particularly difficult one.

Complicating matters further is the involvement of Meghan Markle. Some critics argue that her presence at the Games introduces an excessive royal element that could overshadow the event’s primary focus on veterans and their recovery. This perception that the Games are becoming “too royal” has fueled additional discontent among certain groups within the Invictus community.

Despite these challenges at home, the couple is scheduled to reunite in Nigeria for a series of engagements related to the Invictus Games. They plan to engage in discussions about the future of the Games and meet with servicemen and their families. This visit is part of a broader effort to foster international support for the event and its goals.

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