Prince Harry embraces Paralympian Dave Henson at Invictus Games

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A hug for Harry: Prince embraces Paralympian Dave Henson, who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan – and whose daughter famously stole the Prince’s popcorn – on day two of the Invictus Games

  • Prince Harry offered a warm embrace to Paralympian and Invictus Games trustee David Henson on Sunday
  • Pair have shared a close relationship – with Henson’s then two-year-old daughter Emily famously stealing the Duke’s popcorn at the  Invictus Games in 2017
  • Ex Royal Engineer Henson lost both of his legs in 2011 when he stood on an IED while serving in Afghanistan
  • This morning, the two men enjoyed an emotional reunion at the latest Games in The Hague, with Prince Harry offering a kiss and a hug to his friend before walking alongside him at the Zuiderpark arena  

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Prince Harry enjoyed an emotional reunion with one of his closest Invictus Games colleagues this morning.

The 37-year-old Duke of Sussex, who is attending the Games with wife Meghan Markle in their first European appearance since ‘Megxit’ in 2020, offered a warm embrace to Paralympian and Invictus Games trustee David Henson on Sunday following the opening ceremony last night. 

Henson, also 37, is a former Royal Engineer who lost both of his legs in 2011 when he stood on an IED during an attempt to clear a building of mines in Afghanistan so locals could return. 

He’s long been a close ally of the Prince – and his daughter Emily famously stole the Duke’s popcorn at another Invictus Games event in 2017.  

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Prince Harry offered a warm embrace and a kiss to Paralympian and Invictus Games trustee David Henson on Sunday as Meghan Markle looks on

Prince Harry offered a warm embrace and a kiss to Paralympian and Invictus Games trustee David Henson on Sunday as Meghan Markle looks on

Reunited: Ex Royal Engineer Henson lost both of his legs in 2011 when he stood on an IED while serving in Afghanistan; this morning he walked alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they arrived for day two of the Invictus Games

Reunited: Ex Royal Engineer Henson lost both of his legs in 2011 when he stood on an IED while serving in Afghanistan; this morning he walked alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they arrived for day two of the Invictus Games

The two men enjoyed an emotional reunion at the latest Games in The Hague, with Prince Harry offering a kiss and a hug to his friend

The two men enjoyed an emotional reunion at the latest Games in The Hague, with Prince Harry offering a kiss and a hug to his friend

The trio chatted ahead of walking in to watch the latest events at the Games, which Prince Harry helped to found in 2014

The trio chatted ahead of walking in to watch the latest events at the Games, which Prince Harry helped to found in 2014

Both men wore casual sportswear bearing the Invictus Games branding as they were reunited at the Zuiderpark arena this morning.

Prince Harry, 37, leaned in to offer his friend a hug and a kiss, before the Duchess of Sussex also gave former Royal Engineer Henson a hug.

The trio then chatted ahead of walking in to watch the latest events at the Games, which Prince Harry helped to found in 2014. 

In 2017, Henson’s then two-year-old daughter Emily stole hearts as she cheekily stole Prince Harry’s popcorn while he was chatting. 

The Duchess of Sussex also gave former Royal Engineer Henson a hug on the second day of the Games, which are currently taking place in the Netherlands

The Duchess of Sussex also gave former Royal Engineer Henson a hug on the second day of the Games, which are currently taking place in the Netherlands

Henson's then two-year-old daughter Emily famously stealing the Duke's popcorn at the Invictus Games in 2017

Henson’s then two-year-old daughter Emily famously stealing the Duke’s popcorn at the Invictus Games in 2017

David and wife Hayley feared they may never have children after the former Royal Engineer’s life changed forever in 2011.

However, as he lay in a military hospital shortly after the blast, the Army took his sperm and froze it, so that he might have children in the future if he wanted. 

He later said it was not something he gave much thought to at first, but, after marrying his wife Hayley, the couple decided to try for a child through IVF and it worked first time.

In the dark days after the bomb blast, David had told Hayley she should find someone else who could make her happier than he could. But she stuck by him and he later said the birth of Emily made their relationship even stronger.

Shortly after Emily’s birth in 2015, David told the Daily Telegraph: ‘She was “with me” the day I was injured but she wasn’t born until four years later. As soon as she came along we realised what we had been missing: it was her.’

He credited the youngster with helping his recovery, telling of his joy at having someone to ‘love and care for and educate and guide’. 

David, from Hampshire, was determined not to let his injuries stop him from living a full life and, just 10 months after the bomb blast, he put on running blades for the first time. 

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