Prince Harry has announced that the upcoming Invictus Games will occur in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from 8 May to 12 May 2016.
The announcement was delivered via a video recorded before the royal left the UK for Africa, where he is volunteering on wildlife conservation over the summer, Hello Magazine reported. According to Vanity Fair, the British royal was forced to miss his niece's christening earlier this summer as he was already in Africa working on the conservation of rhinos and elephants.
The Invictus Games, which were first held in London in 2014, saw wounded servicemen and women from around the world compete in a number of sporting games. According to Hello, the first Invictus Games included more than 400 competitors from 13 nations in nine different sports.
In his nearly one-minute long announcement, Prince Harry said he was happy to see that the game's message was spreading. "For me the 2014 games were just the beginning of the Invictus story," he said.
"I wanted other cities and countries to look at the competition — what it meant to those taking part and those who saw it — and take up the challenge for the next Invictus Games. So today, I am absolutely delighted that the United States has taken up the challenge and will host the next Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida from the 8th to the 12th May 2016," Prince Harry said.
"I have no doubt that Kent Fisher and his team will set the bar even higher than London did and that the USA will put on a great show ... No pressure!"
In a statement released by the palace, Harry added: "As I've continued to work with wounded servicemen and women, I regularly see the power of the soldiers' stories to inspire others. For every competitor last September, there are hundreds of others around the world who would benefit from having the same opportunity."