‘Thanks a billion’: Prince Harry’s touching message for London Marathon runners

By Zach Harper

As anticipation for Baby Sussex’s birth continues to rise, Prince Harry appeared in a new video to thank participants in this year’s London Marathon – and those who’ve run in the past.

“The London Marathon is an extraordinary force for good,” the dad-to-be said in the clip, which appeared online on Thursday (April 18). “It is the biggest one-day fundraising event on the planet and helps hundreds of charities at home and abroad provide vital services to those that need them most.”

The prince went on to state this year’s marathon hit an important milestone: “Throughout its history, the London Marathon has raised an incredible £1 billion, which is about $1.7 billion, for charity. Imagine the sweat, tears, effort and pain that’s gone into that incredible amount. “For every runner that has contributed to this and for those of you taking part this year, thanks a billion,” Harry finished.

The royals are no strangers to the London Marathon. Harry, Duchess Kate and Prince William appeared at the 2018 race to cheer runners on. In 2010, Princess Beatrice became the first royal to compete in the race. She and her then-boyfriend Dave Clark ran the race tied together with bungee cords.

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This year’s marathon takes place April 28, and the first run was held in 1989. Each year, a different charity of choice is picked to be the recipient of donations and pledges raised by runners. Children with Cancer UK is this year’s charity. Other past recipients have included Oxfam and Anthony Nolan, which works to save the lives of people with blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and other non-cancerous blood disorders such as hemophilia.

Of course, Harry is a big fan of using sport as a tool to transform people’s lives. The prince founded the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded and injured veterans and military service personnel, to do just that.

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