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Prince Harry surprised British TV viewers on Saturday night when he appeared via Zoom on Strictly Come Dancing, the U.K.’s answer to Dancing with the Stars.
The Duke of Sussex made an appearance on the show to wish his close friend, JJ Chalmers, luck. Chalmers is taking part in the competition, and had been rehearsing with his professional dance partner, Amy Dowden, when Harry made the video call.
During the Zoom chat, Prince Harry said, “When I first met JJ, he was a shell of himself. But then to see you shine through Invictus and to become like yourself again—that was the start of an amazing journey.”
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Chalmers served with the elite Royal Marines in Afghanistan where he was wounded, sustaining injuries to his face, arms and legs, a broken neck, and burst eardrums, per People. He even credited the duke as having helped with his recovery and 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.”
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Further praising Harry’s work with the Invictus Games, Chalmers told the prince, “You know that your vision going into the [Invictus] Games was to take this cohort of individuals and send them off so that they could have an impact on society.” In reply, Harry cheekily joked to Chalmers, “You’re definitely having an impact on society now, especially when you’re wearing those tight blue shorts and the socks pulled up. It doesn’t get better than that!”
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