Prince Harry visits the Royal Marine recruits for the first time as their Captain General

·Royal Correspondent
The Duke of Sussex arrives at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon (PA)
The Duke of Sussex arrives at the Royal Marines Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon (PA)

The Duke of Sussex made a dramatic entrance when he flew in to meet the Royal Marines in Lympstone, Devon on Thursday morning.

Arriving at the Commando Training Centre in a Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter, Prince Harry was given a ceremonial welcome at before meeting recruits training in the gym and an assault course.

It’s the first time Harry has made the visit in his new role as Captain General of the Royal Marines. He assumed the role in December 2017, in succession to his grandfather The Duke of Edinburgh, who held the post for 64 years.

As well as meeting the new recruits undergoing training, the Duke also learned about the support services on offer, such as the onsite rehabilitation centre, the Royal Marines charity and a regular family group called ‘Who Let The Dads Out.’

Formed in 2017, Invictus Games Racing is a collaborative project with the Invictus Games Foundation that has seen injured ex-service personnel compete in two specially commissioned Jaguar GT4 race cars in the 2018 British GT Championship.

Following this, the Duke met the Invictus Games Racing Team, which included former Royal Marine Commandos Steve McCulley and Paul Vice MC, who will be using Lympstone on the day for a team bonding exercise.

Former Marine Paul suffered a traumatic brain injury after standing on an IED in 2011. Since then, ‘The Commando Who Refused to Die’ was was the 2016 Games’ most successful athlete, winning medals in swimming, volleyball, cycling & athletics.

The Prince also met with Basil Rawlinson, who served in Afghanistan, as part of the The Parachute Regiment. After developing PTSD & suffering from several degenerative discs in his back, Basil is an Invictus Games ambassador & a driver for the racing team.

The team comprises four ex-service personnel from the Royal Marines, the RAF and the Parachute Regiment, in addition to two professional drivers.

The Duke of Sussex meets commandos at the Centre (PA)
The Duke of Sussex meets commandos at the Centre (PA)

Harry served in the Army for ten years, rising to the rank of Captain and undertaking two tours of Afghanistan. He qualified as a Apache helicopter pilot in 2012.

Kensington Palace have announced further details about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s royal tour next month. The couple will travel to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga during the 16-day trip. They will attend the Invictus Games Sydney taking place between the 20 and 27 October.


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