The Duke and Duchess of Sussex delivered touching tributes at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games last night.
Prince Harry and Meghan received standing ovations when they took the stage to thank the 500 wounded and sick defense veterans of 18 nations who competed in the Sydney games and their army of supporters.
The royal couple joined the crowd of 12,000 who applauded and applauded during the two-hour ceremony that included performances by the Perth Birds of Tokyo rock group and the US-based Kingdom Choir gospel singers. UU They showed up at Meghan and Harry's wedding in May. .
The closing ceremony was the final event in the official itinerary of the royal couple for their 10-day visit to Sydney, Dubbo, Melbourne and Fraser Island.
Harry and Meghan will leave Sydney this morning and head to New Zealand, where they will conclude their 16-day regional tour that also includes Fiji and Tonga.
Meghan chose the closing ceremony of Invictus to make her only public speech on the Australian side of the tour, praising the hundreds of friends and family who supported the competitors to the finish line and beyond.
"The support system on the ground here in Invictus is unlike any other," said the duchess, who wore a Antonio Berardi khaki dress with a halter neck and a red poppy.
"Because it's not just to encourage your own, but to realize that by the end of this week, 'yours' will become everyone in the Invictus family."
Among the public's personalities were the football star and the Invictus ambassador, David Beckham, along with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian and the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove.
When Harry took the stage to deliver the final speech of the night, he made sure everyone knew that Invictus' competitors were the real VIPs.
He said that the success of the games was not about the medical miracles that had saved many of the lives of competitors, many of whom have physical and mental injuries in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.
Instead, it was because the competitors demonstrated again and again that mental health was "the real key to recovery."
"Our competitors have helped turn the mental health problem from a sad story to an inspiring one," said Prince Harry.
"They want to live instead of being alive."