Prince Harry met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, hockey players at Invictus Games launch

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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

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
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
Prince Harry greets members of the public at Queen’s park while he promotes the Invictus Games in Toronto

Harry faced a sea of camera phones as fans tried to capture the moment

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

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
Harry certainly scrubbed up well in a grey suit with a pale-blue tie and kept his signature stubble to give a rugged look
The pair monkeyed around while having pictures together and seemed to share a few jokes while one-on-one

Justin also had his own personalised jersey with his surname and both Justin and Harry had matching numbers

Justin also had his own personalised jersey with his surname and both Justin and Harry had matching numbers
Justin seemed to be taking the spotlight away from Harry as they spoke in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Harry walks in procession with Justin as he promotes the Invictus Games for Canada next year

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.

The prince and prime minister smile during the launch at  the opening remarks for the games
Prince Harry walks with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the Invictus Games launch

Prince Harry delivered a moving speech to launch the games in Toronto next year

Harry speaks in front of the Canadian sledge hammer team who will play in this year's games in Orlando

Prince Harry meets a member of the 2016 Invictus Games sledge hockey team, the games feature adaptive sports competitions for wounded and injured soldiers

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 walked out into the stadium flanked by Justin and the Toronto mayor

Harry with Justin and Toronto Mayor John Tory (left) at the Mattamy Centre

Harry gives a thumbs up to Invictus players as Justin waves to the crowd

Harry smiles for the camera as he opens the sledge-hockey tournament

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

Harry, Justin and Toronto Mayor John Tory pose with officials and sledge hockey players during the Invictus Games launch

Harry and Justin are clearly getting on well as the prince collapses into laughter

Harry reaches out to two young children and makes their night

Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith presents Prince Harry with a personalized onesie for his niece Princess Charlotte

Prince Harry meets with Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on

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
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

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