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Prince Harry announces the 2018 Invictus Games will be in Sydney

Sydney, brace yourself...

By Chloe Lal
Former royal bachelor Prince Harry just can't help but drop more exciting news.
In a hilarious video, the fifth-in-line to the throne announced that the Invictus Games is coming to Sydney, Australia in 2018.
"The Invictus Games has shown us what can be achieved when wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women rediscover their fighting spirit through sport," he explained.
Speaking of the competition in which wounded servicemen and women compete in sporting events, Harry said, "We have raised the bar higher with each successive games, and I know that Toronto are planning an incredible event when they host the Games in September."
"But where should the Games go next? The 2018 Games are coming to Sydney!"
The 32-year-old was joined by Australian servicemen and women, who all cheered at the amazing news. One man even had a gift for Harry.
"Welcome to Sydney mate. You're going to need this," the military man said, handing him a surfboard.
Watch his brilliant announcement in the video player below! Article continues...
The avid charity campaigner admitted it was an easy decision to bring his beloved Invictus Games Down Under.
"We had three key criteria," he quipped. "First, it had to be an iconic city - somewhere known the world over."
"Second, it needed to be a city with a proud military heritage, which would welcome competitors from all over the world with open arms."
"And finally, we wanted to go somewhere where they are absolutely sports mad and would really get behind our competitors".
Having dedicated over a decade to the armed forces, the Invictus charity is very dear to Harry's heart.
The founder of the charity also enlisted some A-List help in the former of honoree Brit and Aussie legend, Kylie Minogue.
Showing off his trademark humour, Harry receives a call from the pop singer, who happens to have a personalised ringtone to her hit song I Should Be So Lucky.
"Hi Kylie! Good timing, the 2018 Invictus Games are coming to Sydney! Can I guarantee the Aussies are going to bring it?"
Not missing a beat, the former Neighbours star responded, "Hey Prince Harry! Listen, we're stoked the Invictus Games are coming to Sydney but you don't need to tell Aussies to bring it, it's guaranteed."
Kylie is a longtime friend to the royal family
Sydney's Invictus ambassador is none other than Aussie legend and Paralympic gold medallist Curtis McGrath.
The decorated veteran, who took up canoeing competitively after having both of his legs amputated as a result of a mine blast whilst serving in the Australian Army in Afghanistan, spoke about the competition coming to Oz.
"I've been lucky enough to compete in two Invictus Games – in London and in Orlando – and you can't underestimate the difference these Games can make to someone's life," he said.
Check out Curtis after his momentous Rio Paralympics win... Article continues!
Harry had a ball in Orlando but we think NSW can raise the bar!
"Just having the chance to stand alongside fellow wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women and once again represent your country is something I never take for granted."
"The Invictus Games have opened up so many opportunities for me and given me a new inspiration for life. I can't wait for the Invictus Games to come to Sydney in 2018 and show the world what Australia and Australians are made of."
We're already getting major flashbacks to 1993 when Sydney was given the honour to host the 2000 Olympics!
Prince Harry, we won't let you down!

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