Harry makes surprise appearance from mansion as he talks about ‘reaching out’

Prince Harry made a surprise appearance on an Invictus Games video conference call – seemingly beaming in live from his new Californian mansion.

The 35-year-old Duke of Sussex join Invictus Games medallist JJ Chalmers, as well as Bruno, Mark and Jen for an inspirational chat which was shared on the Foundation's Instagram account.

Harry – who moved to California with 38-year-old wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and their one-year-old son Archie in March this year – was highlighting the importance of maintaining relationships even in times where life is looking rosy.

It is believed Harry joined the chat from his new $14.7 million (£11.2 million) mansion in Santa Barbara, California, which he and his young family moved to as they settle down to life in the USA.

While the Invictus Games did not go ahead this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, competitors have been taking part in a virtual contest.

The At Home Super Tri has seen contestants from the UK and Australia take on different stages of a triathlon while all in different countries.

Prince Harry gave an uplifting speech as he joined members of the group for an online chat.

He said: "It's so important to know that if you're going to have a bad day, if you've had a bad week, or you've experienced more trauma or another loss, or more stress in your life that you've got at your fingertips, whether it's a WhatsApp group, whether it's an online support group or whatever it is, or whether it's just the Invictus community, you've always got one, well not even one, you've got at least a handful of people that you can reach out to."

He continued: "Arguably all of us want to have or feel the comfort to know that we've got it in case we need it.

"I think more than anything else that we touch upon as well, you've got the banter there. And you know that if you haven't heard from someone for a while, the first thing you need to do is check on them.

"Just because your life is sort of on track and everything's going according to plan, there are other people you may not have heard of."

He went on: "You might just get the answer of ‘Yeah, I'm fine’. But you guys are the ones that are going to dig a little bit deeper and say ‘fine is not the answer that I was looking for. I'm actually asking how you are?’

"And it is stressful. The injuries you guys have sustained anyway is one part of it but then how everybody's being forced to live now, it's really, really different."

Prince Harry is the patron of the Invictus Games Foundation.

The sporting contest brings together former injured servicemen and women from more than 20 countries who compete in a range of activities against each other.

This year's event – which was due to take place in Holland – has been postponed to May 2021.

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