The Duke of Sussex makes a surprise appeal to members of the Grenadier Walk of Oman. to congratulate
The Duke of Sussex made a surprise call to congratulate veterans who took part in a charity walk to raise money for those who have served in the armed forces.
During the Grenadier Walk of Oman, six former soldiers, all with mental or physical injuries, walked 300km in stages across the UK, starting at Pen-Y-Fan in Wales and finishing at the Anglo Omani Society in central London on Thursday.
The ex-service personnel on the trek, organized by Walking with the Wounded, would traverse the Omani desert until their plan was overturned by the coronavirus pandemic.
Prince Harry, the patron saint of Walking with the Wounded, called the team from his $14 million Santa Barbara mansion as they approached the finish line to offer words of encouragement.
The Duke of Sussex, pictured onstage at Global Citizen Live in New York last month, made a surprise call to congratulate veterans who took part in a charity walk to raise money for those who have served in the armed forces
The Grenadier Walk of Oman saw six former soldiers, all with mental or physical injuries, walk 300km in stages across the UK, starting at Pen-Y-Fan in Wales and finishing at the Anglo Omani Society in central London on Thursday
“Guys, just remember to hold this moment, you have to hold on to this feeling,” he said.
‘Because it doesn’t matter where you walk or what you do. If we all inevitably feel down, a little gloomy, in the coming weeks, months and years, you will remember this. Lean on this experience to pick yourself up.’
Last September, Harry, 37, shared a message of support with soldiers at the official launch of The Walk of Oman, calling the organization “family” and the “resilience, courage and talent that have served within those who have served”.
After training with Sandhurst, Harry was commissioned in April 2006 as an officer with the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals.
Harry, who has been involved in Walking with the Wounded for several years, called it “my Walking With The Wounded family” (photo accompanied military veterans for a 1,000-mile walk across Britain in 2015 (above)
During his ten years in the military, he undertook two operational tours of Afghanistan and qualified as an Apache helicopter commander.
His second tour of Helmand, in 2012, is considered to be one of the few times in his life when the Prince found real contentment away from the constraints and pressures of royal life.
Known as ‘Captain Wales’ by his comrades, he proudly told a fellow soldier: ‘I have the best of both worlds. I can do all this. I can fly helicopters. I can put the spotlight on the work I want to do.’
Harry’s military career ended in June 2015, but he has remained a passionate supporter of the armed forces and has been awarded a number of ceremonial military titles.
His highest military title is that of Captain General of the Royal Marines, a role he was given by the Queen in December 2017 as the successor to the Duke of Edinburgh.
As the ceremonial head of the elite unit, Harry is entitled to wear the uniform and insignia equivalent to that of a Field Marshal.
His two-year association is comparable to the 64-year term of his late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Earlier this year, Harry was stripped of his military titles and patronages when he and former actress Meghan stepped down as senior members of the royal family.
After training at Sandhurst, Harry was commissioned in April 2006 as an officer in the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals. Pictured: Harry attends New York’s West Point Military Academy in June 2010 (left) and with his regiment The Blue and Royals at a memorial Sunday Parade in Windsor in November 2007 (right)
Meanwhile, Harry also judges the WellChild photo contest, Hopes And Dreams: My Life Through A Lens.
Children were encouraged to submit photos illustrating what life is like for families with serious health needs. Ruby Smallman, 13, from Liverpool, won the competition with her photo Hope In An Oak.
Harry said: ‘The children and families I’ve had the honor of meeting during my years of working with WellChild have shown incredible optimism, courage and resilience.
‘Not only was I proud to be a member of this exhibition as a judge, I was deeply moved by each photo because they capture a moment and say so much about their personal story.
“Everyone who is part of the WellChild family is a true source of inspiration. “Congratulations on all the entries and a special cheer for the winners.”
The competition celebrates the opening of the WellChild Art Auction 2021, supported by Christie’s, which is live online through the global platform Artsy.
The auction will sell works by contemporary artists to raise money for seriously ill children.