Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a splash at their first outing as a pair in the UK since January.
As you may be aware, the last time we saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex together in an official capacity was days before announcing their intention to lead a “financially independent” life moving forward. Now they’re back in England and looking better than ever!!
On Thursday evening, the pair stepped out at the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London, where Archie Harrison‘s dad delivered a passionate speech centered around service to his family, home, and the military. He began:
“Meghan and I are so happy to be back here with you, to celebrate each and every one of you for your achievements, your service and your resilience. For some, the military community represents a brotherhood or sisterhood that no other organization can provide, and for others, it’s a way of life which you never want to leave. For a lot of us, it’s both.”
In a subtle nod to his now-changing duties and his own background serving the Army, he added:
“Being able to serve Queen and Country is something we all are rightly proud of, and it never leaves us. Once served, always serving!”
ICYMI, the Endeavour Fund Awards celebrate the achievements of injured, sick, and wounded servicemen and women who have taken part in adventure and sporting challenges over the previous year. He acknowledged the difficulties, sharing:
“Leaving the military and hanging up your uniform is — we know — an incredibly hard thing to do… unless of course, it’s blue in color… But being forced to hang it up due to injury, beyond your control, can be even more difficult to accept.”
The 35-year-old continued:
“It can take time and effort to recognize the fact that it is something that happened to you, rather than something that’s wrong with you, so please don’t ever forget that. The Endeavour Fund came from seeing the gaping hole that can be left after taking off that uniform.”
We can assume last night’s affair was a bit bittersweet for Harry. He will not “perform any official duties associated with these roles, but given his dedication to the military community and 10 years of service, he will, of course, continue his unwavering support to the military community in a non-official capacity,” as part of the agreement made with Queen Elizabeth II regarding the Duke and Duchess’ decision to step down.
“A lot of you tonight have told me you have my back, well, I’m also here to tell you, I’ve always got yours.”
See more of their night out (below):
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Tonight in London, for their third consecutive year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Endeavour Fund Awards, which celebrates the achievements of those veterans injured in service who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. By choosing to take on what seems impossible, these men and women not only set goals for themselves but have also inspired millions of people around the world. These annual awards bring together The Duke and The Duchess alongside wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans as well as their families, friends and supporters of the military community. The Duke, who founded the @EndeavourFund, spoke on the night: • “The Endeavour Fund came from seeing the gaping hole that can be left after taking off that uniform. The power that sport and adventurous challenge plays in recovery, yes; but most of all – the chance to be part of a team again while attempting to achieve unthinkable challenges – as if being shot or blown up wasn’t enough, you guys continue to impress, inspire and challenge what it means to have a life changing injury.” • Since its launch in 2012, the Endeavour Fund has supported 108 projects that have directly assisted over 6,000 of those injured in service. Congratulations to all those who participated in endeavours over the last year and inspired others to push the boundaries of what’s possible! #EndeavorFundAwards
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