Prince Harry surprises crowd at screening for Invictus Games series

Moment Prince Harry jokes, ‘It’s nice of you to dress up for the occasion!’ as he surprises veterans and their families at US cinema premiere for his Heart of Invictus series – as it lands on Netflix TODAY

  • The Duke of Sussex appeared in a good mood as he took photos with the crowd 

Prince Harry surprised cinema-goers after he turned up at the California premiere of his new Netflix documentary. 

The Duke of Sussex appeared to be in a good mood as he joked with the audience of veterans and their family members that it was ‘nice of you to dress of up for the occasion’.

The 38-year-old came out to cheers from the crowd before they were shown two episodes of Heart of Invictus, his new series about the Invictus Games – the sporting competition for wounded veterans he set up in 2014.

The showing, which took place at a cinema in Chula Vista in San Diego county on Monday night, is believed to have been arranged by Netflix and the prince’s organisation Archewell, Hello! reports.

After the screening he posed for pictures with theatre-goers, while the five-episode series is set for release on the streaming service this morning. 

Prince Harry posed for pictures with audience members after the premiere of a new Netflix series about the Invictus Games in California

The Duke of Sussex was in a good mood, joking with the audience as he gave a short speech about the documentary

They were produced as part of the Sussexes’ £80million deal with the streaming service which has already seen them release a documentary series called Harry & Meghan last year.

After walking down to the front of the screen in front of the cheering crowd Harry, who was dressed in a cream blazer and white shirt, joked: ‘Nice to see you all. It’s nice of you to dress up for the occasion. [No] Suits and ties?’

In footage posted on social media, he was seen adding: ‘I wanted to say a huge thank you for coming out tonight. You guys get to see Heart of Invictus, which has been the last two years in the making, sooner than anybody else. 

‘It will be coming out on Wednesday, you guys get to watch it tonight – well, at least two episodes, to sort of whet the appetite for the rest of it.’

In a Reel posted on Instagram by @bonnie_pham, the Duke of Sussex could be heard talking about the sacrifices that service personnel and their families make while serving.

In the caption she wrote: ‘When it’s a random Monday night and Prince Harry crashes the premiere of his show in random Chula Vista.’

She commented afterwards: ‘What a show, what a man, what a special surprise! #heartofinvictus’

The new series is being released ahead of next month’s Invictus Games which are being held in Dusseldorf, Germany, from September 9. 

The Prince, pictured on stage during the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games 2020, set up the event for wounded veterans

Harry and Meghan are set to attend the event, which he set up after being inspired by the Warrior Games in the United States.

The Duke is an executive producer of the show and there is pressure for the series to be a ratings success after their deal with Spotify for Meghan’s Archetypes podcast ended after just one series this summer.

Their previous Netflix show Harry & Meghan, a documentary series about their relationship, saw them take swipes at the Royal Family and gave their view on Megxit which saw them leave the UK for California.


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