Harry and Meghan set for £18m funding windfall for the Invictus Games

Prince Harry's Invictus Games will receive a donation of £18 million from Canadian authorities ahead of the next round of competition in three years' time.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle travelled to the Hague in the Netherlands for the delayed Invictus Games in April.

The Duke of Sussex, 37, founded the Games back in 2014 as a competition showcasing the abilities of injured and wounded servicemen and women.

Prince Harry announced last month that Canada would be the host nation for the next Games, which now include adaptive winter sports.

The 2023 Games will take place in Dusseldorf, Germany, in September next year.

In April, Prince Harry said he was "extremely excited" to declare Canada the destination for the first hybrid winter games.

He added: "With deep respect, I'm also pleased to share that the Games in Canada will be held in partnership with the First Nations, in the spirit of truth and reconciliation with indigenous communities."

Ahead of the preparations taking shape, the Canadian government and the regional government of British Columbia are both donating $15 million (CAD) to support the 2025 Invictus Games.

The competition will be held in Vancouver and Whistler.

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Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said the 2025 Games will have a "uniquely Canadian" feel combined with the "profound impact" the Games had on ex-service members.

He told a crowd in Vancouver: "For the first time ever, and classically Canadian, these games will include winter sports."

He added: "We all know that when it comes to winter sports our Canadian competitors will show them how it’s done."

He continued: "You can have every bit of that drive and that push and that quest to give all you are to your teammates, to your service, to your country."

He said: "That’s what Invictus allows. Not just competitors but the comrades, the families and all of us to live, to experience, to celebrate."

The British Columbia Premier, John Horgan, said the region was "proud" to host the most "inclusive" event yet.

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