One is a red-headed heartthrob who has dated the most eligible women in the world, the other is a dark-haired hunk with a huge female fan club.
So when Prince Harry, 31, and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 44, met at the Invictus Games in Toronto today, the handsome duo set pulses racing on both sides of the Atlantic. And they set even more hearts aflutter during a ceremony at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, announcing the arrival of the Invictus Games to the city in 2017 where they were both left visibly moved by the athletes’ life stories.
Prince Harry and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met in Toronto today and the prime minister shared a cheeky grin in pictures
Justin shed a tear as he listened to a speaker for the Invictus Games while Harry also looked emotional
Prince Harry greets members of the public at Queen’s park while he promotes the Invictus Games in Toronto
It certainly looked as thought the two men – both born into dynasties – bonded during their meeting. As they shook hands, Justin, who is the son of legendary Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau, beamed at the camera looking clean cut and suave. Harry appeared a little more rugged with his signature stubble.
But the pair stopped posing for the cameras when former soldiers competing at the Invictus Games, a sporting contest which is close to the royal’s heart, took to the stage. There was a clearly emotional moment when Justin wiped a tear from his eye, moved by the speech. As the talks began Justin paid tribute to the ‘extraordinary initiative’ that was the Invictus Games and said: ‘This is an opportunity for us to recognise the extraordinary service, the extraordinary strength and resilience of those who choose to serve their country.
A young fan presents the prince with flowers as she holds her Canadian flag
Harry certainly scrubbed up well in a grey suit with a pale-blue tie and kept his signature stubble to give a rugged look
Justin also had his own personalised jersey with his surname and both Justin and Harry had matching numbers
He will perform the traditional puck-dropping ceremony to symbolically start the match and give a short speech before play begins. Later he will attend a reception and meet the organisers and supporters of the third Games.
The prince has been the driving force behind the Invictus Games for injured, wounded and sick servicemen and women and veterans, and staged the inaugural event in London to great acclaim in 2014. On Sunday he was in Orlando, Florida to attend the opening ceremony of the five-day tournament where more than 500 competitors from countries like Italy, Germany, Australia, Estonia, Jordan and the UK and Afghanistan will compete in 10 events – archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, athletics, wheelchair basketball, rugby and tennis.
Harry had confirmed that US first lady Michelle Obama will be joining him in Florida to support the competitors – with President Barack Obama recording a video message in tribute. The razzmatazz of the opening ceremony, featuring British acts James Blunt and soprano Laura Wright, will include a jet fly-past Harry said, in addition to Hollywood star Morgan Freeman’s appearance.
Harry said ahead of the Orlando Games: ‘This is an experience, it’s an emotional rollercoaster, there’s not a single point during these games that spectators will sit there feeling sorry for these guys – that is not what this is about.
Harry with Justin and Toronto Mayor John Tory (left) at the Mattamy Centre
Harry smiles for the camera as he opens the sledge-hockey tournament
Harry, Justin and Toronto Mayor John Tory pose with officials and sledge hockey players during the Invictus Games launch
Prince Harry meets with Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on
Prince Harry shakes hands with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at the hotel where the launch was held
Later today the prince will attend a launch ceremony at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, where he will join dignitaries and members of the Canadian Invictus Team to welcome the 2017 Games, and give a speech.
The Liberal Party leader is Canada’s new prime minister who swept to power in a stunning election victory last Autumn ending the more than decade-long rule of Conservative Stephen Harper.
SOURCE: UK MAIL
POSTED BY Nathalie Zemgbo