Prince Harry found an exciting way to put some distance between himself and the scandal surrounding his and Meghan Markle’s family’s Sussex family rebranding today, when he enjoyed an excitement-filled ride along a toboggan run in Whistler, Canada.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, reached an impressive top speed of 61 miles per hour during his daring adventure, a feat that left even his wife Meghan, 42, expressing her amazement and telling other viewers that she was ” impressed.” with the skills of her husband.
While Meghan didn’t take part in the sleigh fun, she was able to enjoy every aspect of her husband’s ride as he got off the sleigh, before enthusiastically re-enacting his thrilling ride for his wife and the Invictus volunteers after getting off.
The Duchess of Sussex was also her husband’s personal photographer, beaming with pride as she held up her phone to snap images and clips as he reached the end of the runway.
Prince Harry proved himself to be quite the thrill seeker today when he attempted to race down a skeleton bobsled track, achieving an impressive top speed of 61 miles per hour.
While Meghan didn’t participate in the sleigh fun, she was able to enjoy every aspect of her husband’s ride as he got off the sleigh and recreated the ride for her.
The Duke of Sussex, 38, reached an impressive top speed of 61 miles per hour during his daring adventure, a feat that left even his wife Meghan, 42, expressing her amazement.
Harry and Meghan began the second day of their Invictus Games One Year to Go tour in Canada at the Whistler Sliding Center in British Columbia, where they arrived shortly after 1 p.m., but their appearance was delayed by more than 30 minutes while the duke received a security. instructions.
The couple, fresh from a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, were in high spirits as they entered the venue, with a beaming Harry whizzing by on his sleigh and Meghan joking: “I can hear it” as their sleigh set off and filmed. him on her phone as she hurried by.
Meghan was bundled up against the 30F (-4C) temperatures in a black puffer jacket, leggings and a navy hat and scarf, while her husband kept it casual in gray pants and a black insulated jacket, topped off with a white crash helmet .
After the high-speed finish, to the sound of Invictus-branded cowbells waved by spectators, a meet-and-greet ensued with athletes preparing to perform at next year’s event on a platform overlooking the track.
Among the athletes waiting to be featured were Canadian veteran and mental health advocate Mark Beare, Estonian former soldier and amputee Rasmus Penno, and Nigerian weightlifter and former soldier Peacemaker Azuegbulam.
Peacemaker, a 27-year-old double amputee from Imo, Nigeria, made his skeleton debut immediately after Harry, despite never having seen snow or been on a sled before.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Peacemaker said he was delighted to be reunited with the pair after introducing them at the Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, Germany, last year, where he won a gold medal in weightlifting.
Now preparing to take part in the skeleton competition at the 2025 Games, despite making his debut today, the double amputee said the sport had helped him come to terms with the injuries he suffered during a shootout with Boko Haram terrorists in November. of 2020.
He said: “At first I felt embarrassed about my injuries, but then I was introduced to the Games and I started playing volleyball. Now I feel good, now I feel recovered.
The bobsled track, considered the fastest in the world, includes a 485-foot vertical drop as well as 16 curves.
Proud Meghan watched and took videos and photos of Harry as he reached the end of the toboggan run.
The mother-of-two bundled up in a black puffer jacket, black jeans and a navy blue beanie and scarf, while also sneaking a peek at her large engagement ring.
‘I’m proud to be Africa’s first Invictus champion and I feel recharged. It totally changed my way of thinking.”
The venue is a bobsleigh, sled and skeleton track that is part of the Whistler Blackcomb complex; The venue was built for the 2010 Winter Olympics, which were also held in the city.
The track, considered the fastest in the world, includes a vertical drop of 148 m (485 ft) and features 16 curves, while the surrounding stadium has space for 12,000 spectators.
The couple’s appearance comes immediately after Harry responded to criticism on the newly rebranded Sussex.com, with a spokesperson angrily insisting that “this couple will not break up.”
They added: ‘We have heard time and time again that certain opportunities are decisive for the couple.
‘They’re still here. They are still working and pursuing what they believe in, despite being constantly challenged and criticized. This couple will not break up.’
While the row over Sussex.com continues, it hasn’t stopped them from enjoying the Invictus Games training camp, as the pair were seen laughing and joking with competitors on the first day, which took place in sub-zero conditions on the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain.
There, Harry tried his hand at sit-skiing, an adapted version of the sport designed for amputees, while Meghan smiled widely as she met visually impaired athletes who were nevertheless prepared to hit the slopes in next year’s competition.
The couple later met with First Nations youth ambassadors representing the Canadian native tribes on whose lands the Games are held.
The duo took a private tour of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center in Whistler, where Chief Nelson and Wilson Williams showed them off and met the artists who created the new Invictus Games logo for the event.
In a statement, Harry and Meghan said: “The evening and performance were extremely meaningful.
‘IG2025 and the couple couldn’t be prouder to share the artists’ piece with the world. “The couple recognizes the importance of First Nations communities welcoming the Invictus Games to their sacred land and are grateful for their warmth and hospitality.”
The couple, who have been staying in Whistler, will return to Vancouver later today ahead of an event in the City of Glass on Friday morning where Harry will give a speech.
After that, the couple is expected to return to their home in Montecito, California, where they will be reunited with their children Archie, four, and Lilibet, two.