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Prince Harry Rides Shotgun in Comically Small Vehicle, Faces Obstacles

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in the Netherlands this weekend, readying for the commencement of the Invictus Games. One of the highs of their Low Country tour thus far was a Friday visit to the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge. Wearing casual clothing (polo shirts! blue jeans!) Harry and Meghan cheered from the sidelines of an obstacle course in the Hague. 

At one point during the event, Prince Harry hopped in one of the vehicles to aid in the navigation across the site’s unusual topography. Meghan was reportedly cheering her husband on as he… sat beside the driver who did all the work. You can see him sticking his head out of the window as the Black Eyed Peas play on the P.A. system.

Later, the pair hopped into two different kiddie cars for a ride with some adorable children as Gérard Lenorman’s 1976 French-language hit, “Voici Les Clés,” played. No one wore safety belts. Onveilig bij elke snelheid, Harry and Meghan!

Harry and Meghan made a similar appearance in 2018, prior to the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia. The Netherlands trip marks the couple’s first visit to Europe since they moved to California in 2020. While they’ve been on the far side of the pond, they attended a ceremony for bringing members of the American and Ukrainian teams together. They also reportedly had a “peace summit” with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles over in London. 

The Invictus Games, which draws its name from a poem written by William Earnest Henley, is an international sporting event for wounded veterans. Harry founded it after being inspired, in 2013, by a visit to The Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The first Invictus Games, in 2014, was held in London. It has since been held in Orlando, Toronto, and Sydney. This year’s tournament in the Hague was postponed for two years due to the pandemic. Next year’s event will be in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

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