Prince Harry’s Invictus Games under threat from coronavirus in latest blow to runaway Royal


PRINCE Harry’s Invictus Games are under threat from Coronavirus in the latest blow to the runaway Royal, HOAR can reveal.

The event for wounded service personnel sees thousands of fans flock in from over 20 countries representing a massive risk with the highly contagious disease.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at a wheelchair tennis match during the Invictus Games 2017

It is due to be held in The Hague, Holland, which had its first case of the deadly flu confirmed on Thursday.

Sources said the rapid spread of the virus has thrown plans for the week-long series of games in May into “chaos”.

One told HOAR: “There is a huge amount of concern and a lot of attention is being paid to how Holland deals with the virus and whether it spreads.

“There is concern many will be forced to stay at home particularly if the situation does develop into a pandemic.

“Organisers are also worried about the dangers in the current climate of putting so many disabled athletes together in one place from different countries for a week.

“It is a logistical nightmare and a real worry for the people planning it.”


Harry was seen smiling last week as he recorded a charity song for the event with rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

But the spread of the disease could put plans on ice in a massive blow to the Prince who created the games in 2014 after being inspired by the US Warrior Games.

It sees injured service personnel and veterans compete in nine sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing.

This would be the fifth event and Harry’s most high-profile event since he stepped back from official public duties.

Wife Meghan, 38, is expected to attend and be centre-stage at many events too.

The source added: “Harry takes the Games incredibly seriously and will be desperate to make sure they are a big success.”

The blow comes after Canada announced it would not foot the bill for Harry and Meghan’s security costs.

Last night, a games spokesman said organisers “are planning responses to various scenarios”.

Harry last week recorded a charity song for the games with Jon Bon Jovi

The pair were joined by the Invictus Choir at the famous Abbey Road studios