It has been a bad few months for Prince Harry.
The Royal Prince, sixth in line to the British throne, created headlines over the world earlier this year when it was announced that he, and his wife, Meghan Markle, were stepping down from their Royal duties. However, hopes that the pair could lead a semi-normal life and gain financial independence by trading on their brand, especially in North America, were then dented, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they are known, were informed that could not use their royal titles in promoting themselves, and for marketing collateral.
And now comes news that one of Harrys favourite projects, the Invictus Games, will have to be cancelled this year as well because of the Covid-19 pandemic. A former captain in the British Army, the Prince set-up the Games as a multi-sport event designed for wounded, injured, or sick members of the military from around the globe, and veterans. Named after the Latin for undefeated or unconquered the Games see participants take part in nine sports, which include wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, and sitting volleyball.
Very much the brainchild of the second son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, the first Games were held in London in 2014. They were followed by three more editions in Florida in 2016, in Toronto, Canada, a year later, and, most recently in Sydney in 2018.
However, the 20120 version, which was due to be held in the Netherlands, in May, have become yet another sporting event in the calendar which has fallen victim to the spread of the virus.
They will now take place next year in either May or June, although no definitive date has yet been set. The decision to postpone the Games was not taken lightly, because they are seen as providing a major morale booster to injured service personnel, both those taking part, and others who regard them as an inspiration. In the event, though, the risks to the athletes, organisers and spectators in the current environment was deemed too great to take.
In a video the Duke expressed his disappointment over the postponement, but urged all those taking part to use the time delay to get even stronger and fitter.