Prince Harry made a surprise appearance on the latest episode of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. The Duke of Sussex video called JJ Chalmers – a contestant on the show – during a training session with his partner, Amy Dowden.
Harry was all smiles during the 1-minute call as he praised and cheered his friend for participating in the dance competition show.
People reports that JJ suffered major injuries to his arms, face, and legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2011 while serving with the elite Royal Marines.
In 2014 he volunteered for the Invictus Games and became the captain of the cycling team where he won a gold medal. According to E! News, the 33-year-old is also an ambassador for the event.
When I first met JJ, he was a shell of himself, but then to see you shine through Invictus and feel like yourself again, that was the start of an amazing journey.
“I’m so genuinely proud. You’re not a dancer, proving that you can do anything you put your mind to, which is amazing, said Harry.
JJ then reflected how the Invictus Games had changed his life. Speaking to the camera, he said: “The simple fact is, if Prince Harry had not created the Invictus Games I would not have had that catalyst moment that changed my life forever. I wouldn’t be here without him.
A source close to the prince told E! News that Harry was happy to support his friend and fellow veteran.
The Duke is immensely proud of JJ for both his service and how he’s persevered through his injury to take on his next big challenge.
— DuchessMeghanXo (@xo_duchess) November 14, 2020
The Duke and JJ first met at the first Invictus Games that Harry created in 2014, when JJ competed for the British team. They have become close friends since then, with JJ and his wife attending The Duke and Duchess’s wedding. They continue to work together on Invictus and other military projects.
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