Prince Harry dropped in to watch trails for the 2017 Invictus Games Toronto at the University of Bath on Friday (Apr. 7). The royal met with some 300 British service men and women battling it out in the hope of competing in the Paralympic-style tournament in September. The Games are for wounded, sick and injured serving and former members of the armed forces.
While there, Harry also came face-to-face with a man who was practically wearing his "birthday suit." The Prince chatted to rugby player Matthew Attwood, who was demonstrating the latest research into rugby injuries, and seeing whether tackling differently could avoid damage. Standing in his underpants and a hat, the 6' 5" tall former player had around 50 sensors stuck around his body.
"I feel a bit ridiculous," said Matthew. "The day I meet royalty and I'm in not far from my birthday day suit. It will be a memorable occasion." Harry joked: "You're getting exposure now. And you're going to get rinsed by all your mates tomorrow!"
Harry, 32, met members of the rowing team and told them: "I'd like to see you all there but the reality is we only have 90 places. But what I do hope is your journey up to this point has been recovery no matter what and on top of recovery you're here making friends and sharing stories and experiences you'll never forget."
The Prince, who was dressed down in an open-necked sweater, khakis and suede shoes, was also introduced to Dan Phillips, an injured ex-serviceman who is hoping to take part in archery and shot put events. Dan was accompanied by his son Harry Phillips, who joked around with Prince Harry, taking part in a mini boxing match. When asked who had won, the two-year-old proudly said "Me!" Dan added: "Big Harry was teaching little Harry to box. They were high-fiving and boxing. We were chuffed to bits that they met as we call our son our Prince Harry!"
Harry was in his element at the sporty engagement, happily posing for selfies and chatting to the servicemen and women. He told athletes that Toronto would have a different vibe to Orlando, home of the Invictus Games in 2016. "Toronto will give you the opportunity to move around and do whatever you guys want to do," he said.
Royal watchers are hoping that Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle will make an appearance at the Invictus Games. The actress, who is based in Toronto for her TV show Suits, is expected to support Harry at the launch of the sporting event.