“It is so special to be here, and I’m so sorry that I was a little late for the party. Just like so many of you, we know this is about family and friends and the community that Invictus has created, that Fischer House has created, and so I had to just spend a little bit more time getting our little ones settled home,” the Duchess of Sussex said, according to Hello!. “Getting milk shakes, doing school drop off and then I just landed a couple of hours ago. I am thrilled that the first event that I can do with Invictus is here with all of you.
”It is amazing, and I hear the week so far has been off to a good start — is that right?” she continued, as the crowd cheered. Meghan went on to thank the Fisher House for organizing the festive event, and revealed that she recently paid a visit to one of the foundation’s Los Angeles hubs. The Fisher House Foundation provides a home away from home for military and veteran families while their loved ones are hospitalized, and operates 94 Fisher Houses in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. “I was fortunate to go and visit one of their houses in Los Angeles just a couple of weeks ago and I was so moved by everything that they do. As they understand, as you do, as my husband does in creating the Invictus Games, how much the value of rehabilitation matters not just as a solitary experience, but as a family,” Meghan said.
“So I’m really proud to be part of this Invictus family with all of you. I’m grateful for all of you that are here. We’ve also received a few gifts from the Canadian team. We got a bracelet and on that bracelets they put the initials of one of the people who wasn’t able to make it here tonight.” “There are so many people we know back home who are rooting for all of you, even if they can’t be here [with] you, they are here in spirit.
Thank you, thank you also for this amazing band and we’re looking forward to such a fantastic week,” the Duchess of Sussex said, before giving another shoutout.”Have the best time, we’re cheering for you, and we can’t wait to bring our kids also so they can experience just how awesome this is,” she concluded, per Hello!. “Thank you guys so so much.”