Buckingham Palace Announcment

Prince Harry has enlisted none other than the Queen to star in a brilliantly funny Twitter video exchange with President Barack Obama to promote the Invictus Games.

In the biggest royal spoof since the Queen pretended to jump out of a helicopter with James Bond for the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, the Prince shows a video of Barack and Michelle Obama throwing down the gauntlet to the British team.

“Hey Prince Harry,” says Mrs Obama. “Remember when you told us to bring it at the Invictus Games?”

President Obama, standing next to her, says: “Careful what you wish for!” before a serviceman behind him says “Boom!” as others pull faces.

After watching the video on Prince Harry’s mobile phone, the Queen, clearly less than intimidated, smiles and says: “Oh, really. Please!”

“Boom!” says Prince Harry.

The spoof, weeks in the planning, is understood to have been arranged some time before the Obamas had dinner with Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace.

Prince Harry will arrive in Florida on May 5 to spend a week supporting the British team in the Paralympic-style event for wounded service personnel which is being held this year in Orlando.

Speaking about the event today, he told Orlando TV station WFTV Channel 9: “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.

“People in America and people across the world if you haven’t seen the Games may think ‘oh, this is a bunch of wounded soldiers on a sporting field taking each other on’, it’s completely the opposite to what it is – it’s an emotional rollercoaster.”

He confirmed that Michelle Obama, who attended the inaugural Invictus Games in London in 2014, will be at the event, while singers James Blunt and Laura Wright will perform at the opening ceremony, together with a cameo by the actor Morgan Freeman.

More than 500 competitors from countries including Italy, Germany, Australia, Estonia, Jordan and the UK and Afghanistan compete in 10 events – archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, athletics, wheelchair basketball, rugby and tennis.

Freeman said: “I hope that my fellow Americans will join me in Orlando to cheer on these magnificent men and women who are truly unconquerable, as the Invictus poem says, ‘they are the masters of their fates, they are the captains of their souls’.”

Former US president George W Bush will present a symposium about the “invisible wounds” of war, such as post traumatic stress, and the Prince will join him at the start of the day-long event held before the Invictus opening ceremony.

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