Charming Prince Harry proved that he's also a man of action, rushing to the aid of a woman who fell from her wheelchair during tryouts for the Invictus Games. Anna Pollock was taken down by a gust of wind on Friday (Jan. 29) while pulling on her gloves on the race track, and the 31-year-old royal was one of the first to rush to her side.
"Harry said to me, 'What did you do that for?!'" the 33-year-old RAF medic told reporters. "I said, 'To show you how not to do that!' He was so lovely to help me and he gives so much. He makes all the lads and the lasses feel important."
Naturally, Anna, who was partially paralyzed by spontaneous bleeding in her spine, didn't waste time documenting the moment with the prince. "I saw him and thought I've got to take the opportunity to ask for a picture."
The tryouts are taking place in Orlando, Fla., where the second games will be hosted this May, and Harry was keen to chat with potential participants, especially his fellow redheads. "It's always good to see the ginger muppet," he joked after running into Nathan Cumberland, 31, with whom the trained in 2009 before a tour to Afghanistan.
"He doesn't have to come here but he does and that's great," Nathan told reporters. "It gives everyone a boost. He's one of the lads – he's been there and done it."
A passion project for patron Prince Harry, the Invictus Games is a Paralympic-style sporting event that sees wounded servicemen and women compete for top honours. The inaugural games took place in London in September 2015, with 400 competitors from 13 nations participating in nine different sports. The former member of the armed forces is excited to see a new home for the event in 2016, which will run from May 8 to 12.
"I am absolutely delighted that the United States has taken up the challenge and will host the next Invictus Games," Harry said. "I have no doubt that the U.S.A. will set the bar even higher than London did and put on a great show. No pressure!"