Hundreds of Torontonians lined up outside the CN Tower on Tuesday (Sept. 26) evening hoping to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry. Not only did they get to see the royal, but many got to speak with the 33-year-old and even take some once-in-a-lifetime selfies.
The prince arrived a bit early to an Invictus Games function being held at the city landmark in order to greet as many people as possible. He zigzagged his way down the line, stopping to ask well-wishers if they were enjoying the games and to share some of his own memories from the week's festivities. "I just thanked him for starting the Invictus Games," said Connie Hollenzer, who was visiting from Calgary with her husband Dave. She further told HELLO! how appreciative she is for the attention Harry is bringing to such an important cause.
The last time Harry visited the CN Tower was in 1991. The then-seven-year-old and his older brother Prince William stood at the base of the tower and looked up in awe. “It’s so high!” he remarked at the time.
Also in the crowd was a familiar face to Invictus fans, Rio Woolf. The adorable nine-year-old made headlines last year when a photo of him getting a giant bear hug from Prince Harry went viral. The youngster, who lost his leg as a baby and is an advocate for para sports, couldn't wait to meet the royal again and told us that his favourite thing about Harry is, "everything he does!"
After making the rounds outside the CN Tower, the royal attended a reception to celebrate the work of the Invictus Games Foundation. From there, he raced up to the Mattamy Athletic Centre to watch his friend Mark Ormrod compete in the indoor rowing finals. The war hero, who became Britain's first triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict, rowed his way to a silver medal in the competition. Mark and Harry first met in 2008 at Headley Court, where the soldier spent nine weeks recovering. He has previously revealed how Harry's own battlefield experience makes a big difference when it comes to service people. "He's been out there and he's seen and done it," he said. "They are both quite involved and they don't just sit on the sidelines. It makes a difference to us rather than having someone who hasn't experienced it, it makes them more genuine."