Prince Harry announced in a video message today, July 14, that the 2016 Invictus Games will take place from May 8-12, 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
In his video message, Harry said: “I had always hoped that last year’s games would be more than a one off. For me, the 2014 Games were just the beginning of the Invictus story. I wanted other cities and countries to look at the competition – what it meant to those taking part and those who saw it – and take up the challenge of the next Invictus Games. So today, I am absolutely delighted to announce that the United States has taken up that challenge and will host the next Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida from the 8th to the 12th May 2016. I have no doubt that Ken Fisher and his team will set the bar even higher than London did and that the USA will put on a great show. No pressure!”
Invictus said in a statement: “The US bid for Orlando won the rights to the 2016 Games thanks to the city’s outstanding sporting facilities and great tourist infrastructure, which make it an ideal host city for both competitors and spectators.”
Huh, I wonder how much tickets cost. Because, like, I could totally go to that.
In Prince William news: The Petulant officially started work as an air ambulance pilot at East Anglian Air Ambulance yesterday, July 13. William gave an interview to SkyNews ahead of his new job where he talked about his family and surprisingly didn’t diss any of them (unlike, you know, when Prince George was born).
On only doing this job for a couple of years:
Well, there’s nothing to say I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life – I might be able to – and still balance the two. But obviously, there’s at some point there’s probably going to be a lot more pressure and responsibility from my other side of my life. At the moment I’m juggling the two of them and a young family, and I’m enjoying it and I like the challenge. But yes inevitably down the line things will probably become a little bit more difficult for me to do that. But while I’m still relatively young I can manage the two jobs as best I can.
On criticism that his job is a way to get out of royal duties:
Well I think the term “full time royal role” is banded around quite a lot and no one actually really knows what that means, but I think I can still manage to do my commitments and my responsibilities as well as I can. The Queen is still very active and is still showing incredible leadership. My father is doing many, many engagements as are the rest of the family. So there’s a lot of, a lot being done by the royal family around the country and I hope to still be a part of that and do as much as I can but equally do something that I think is incredibly important and that will prove me hopefully in good stead for the future.
How things have changed since the birth of Princess Charlotte and being proud of Duchess Kate:
It’s been obviously fantastic and she’s been a little joy of heaven but at the same time it is a more responsibility looking after two little ones especially when George is around – he’s a little monkey. But it is fantastic having a lovely little family and I’m so thrilled and Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother and I’ve very proud of her.
Having a third child:
[Laughs] We’ve only just had the second one we’ll uh you know you never know what’s going to happen in the future.
- I think it’s interesting that William even entertains the idea that he could still do his pilot job once he’s Prince of Wales and eventually King. Boy, no.
- I also think it’s interesting that William thinks he’ll still be doing this job two years from now. Because we all know he’s going to get bored in a year and quit.
- I don’t think William ever finished his Cambridge agriculture course. Given how many announcements KP has given for each step of William’s air ambulance training completion, they would have announced if he completed his agriculture course, and they never did. So I’m assuming he quit that before the end (I guess he got bored before the 10 weeks was up).
- I don’t understand what William means by his air ambulance job proving him “in good stead for the future”. We all know he is not going to do that job for the rest of his life, and how is it in any way preparing him for his future role as Prince of Wales and King?
- I’m glad William loves Charlotte more than he did George.
- It’s nice that William said something nice about Kate. I could ask why William felt the need to comment on the fact that he is proud of Kate for being a good mom, because shouldn’t that be expected? Why be proud of something that is normal? It’s like when women brag about how good their husband is at being a father – that should be expected, not something abnormal worthy of being commented on. But I won’t go there.
- Ugh, they’re totally going to have a third kid. If they weren’t, William would have shut that down.
Watch his interview, and let me know if his near-constant blinking drove you nuts or if that was just me.
So much blinking!
In royal aide romance news: Kate’s personal assistant Natasha Archer is dating royal photographer Chris Jackson. We heard that Tash was dating a royal photographer back during the #GreatKateWait2. I guess this is why Chris Jackson was one of the only four photographers to get to photograph the royals walking to Charlotte’s christening.
PS. In programming news: Victoria Day is today and Crown Princess Victoria as well as the rest of the Swedish Royal Family is out celebrating. I may cover that later today, or I may cover that tomorrow. So watch this space for some SRF coverage.
Photos: Invictus video screengrab / Skynews video screengrab / DM