PRINCE Harry was accidentally goosed today – after one of his Invictus Games team members got closer than she realised.
Competitor Linsey Kelly, 35, was left red-faced after she put her arm around the royal’s waist for a selfie and exclaimed: “Oh no, I think I’ve touched Prince Harry’s bottom!”
Harry staged the first Invictus Games in 2014, and last month celebrated the sporting event's fifth anniversary describing the games as having changed society's perception of disability and mental health.
Harry laughed uproariously as he greeted each one of the 65-strong team who will compete on behalf of the UK at The Hague next year in his Paralympic-style event for injured service personnel.
Linsey, 35, from Oxfordshire, was a RAF logistical movements controller but was medically discharged due to foot and leg injuries.
Asked about her selfie, she exclaimed: “Oh my gosh! I just put my arm around him and it all went a bit wrong.
“I said: ‘Oh I am so sorry, my arm has just [got] stuck on your bottom’. He just laughed, thankfully.
“He is so friendly. He is so normal, ex-serving military, he knows what we are on about and can relate to what we are talking about.
He has had struggles with his own mental health at times and can relate to us. So it’s just wonderful. He is a great ambassador for this.”
Harry, dressed casually in beige trousers, boots and a matching jumper with a Remembrance poppy pinned to it, arrived 25 minutes late but received a rousing welcome.
He was guest of honour at the launch of the UK team for next year’s Invictus Games, held at London’s Honourable Artillery Company.
It saw the team of wounded, injured and sick service personnel, both serving and veterans, coming together for the first time ahead of next year’s competition, designed to highlight the importance of sport as part of the recovery journey of those with life changing injuries or illnesses.
It comes amid reports of a rift between the prince and his brother.
In a documentary which aired last week, the Duke of Sussex admitted he and Prince William have grown apart.
And earlier this week we revealed Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, 38, may be considering a move abroad.
He told them "it's going to be awesome", adding: "This is an opportunity for you guys to be serving your country again."
Team captain, RAF veteran Rachel Williamson, previously received a rugby injury, which developed into a functional neurological disorder and left her unable to use her arm.
She said this year was an opportunity to "build" a new version of herself and take the "final step" to where she wants to be.
The veteran described the Invictus Games "as an amazing opportunity through sport to regain that sense of pride which can be lost following the onset of mental or physical disabilities".
Training will continue until May in various locations across the country as part of Help for Heroes' extensive Sports Recovery programme and role to train and develop the team.
Hannah Lawton, of Help for Heroes and Chef de Mission for Team UK, said: "The 65 men and women selected to represent Team UK will not only gain a personal recovery benefit from taking part in the Games but they will hopefully inspire others suffering with life-changing injuries or illnesses that anything is possible."
Harry was inspired to found the global tournament after attending the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013 and seeing how injured American military personnel thrived on the challenge of taking part in competitive sports that aided their recovery.
He went on to stage the inaugural games in London's Olympic Park in 2014, followed by Orlando in 2016, Toronto in 2017 and Sydney in 2018, with The Hague chosen for the 2020 event where 500 competitors will take part in 10 adaptive sports.
Organisers have said that after 2020, Invictus will be staged every two years.
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