Prince Harry, snubbed by King Charles, sits next to ‘second father’ at Invictus Games

Prince Harry marked the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games at St. Paul's Cathedral with support from Princess Diana's family.

Sounak Mukhopadhyay
First Published9 May 2024
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex waves as he leaves after attending a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, at St Paul's Cathedral in central London, on May 8, 2024. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)
Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex waves as he leaves after attending a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London, on May 8, 2024. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)(JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

At St. Paul's Cathedral on May 8, Prince Harry celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games. Established in 2014, the sporting competition is designed for military veterans.

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During this event, the Royal Family was notably absent. King Charles III was hosting a garden party at Buckingham Palace with other Royals. Harry received support from his late mother, Princess Diana's family, despite the Royal Family's absence. His uncle Earl Spencer and aunt Lady Jane Fellowes were present at the cathedral to stand by him.

Also Read: Prince Harry not allowed to meet King Charles alone

This gathering was particularly poignant for Harry, who participated actively in the service. He delivered an emotional reading, reflecting his ongoing commitment to the Invictus Games and its participants.

“Now there are varieties of gifts, with the same spirit and there are varieties of services, with the same lord, and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same god who activates all of them in everyone," Harry got emotional while reading from 1 Corinthians 12 4-11.

Also Read: King Charles won’t meet son Prince Harry due to ‘other priorities’ while Duke of Sussex reaches UK for Invictus Games

Prince William and other members of the Royal Family chose not to attend the event. Similarly, Meghan Markle and the couple's children did not attend; reports suggest Meghan will not return to the UK until the monarchy extends certain apologies, according to Sky News.

Prince Harry’s ‘second father’

At the Invictus Games, Prince Harry was also joined by his "second father" Mark Dyer. Harry sat next to Mark, who has been close to him since Princess Diana's tragic death.

Mark Dyer, a former equerry to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, arrives to attend a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, at St Paul's Cathedral in central London, on May 8, 2024. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

Dyer was once considered a second father to young William and Harry, showing their closeness. Now, he is seen as the only person who can resolve the disagreement between the estranged brothers.

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