Prince Harry, Melania Trump at Invictus Games opening
TORONTO (AP) — Britain's Prince Harry and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump are scheduled to join Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the opening ceremony of Harry's Invictus Games for wounded veterans. But there's no indication Harry's girlfriend will be there.
Earlier Saturday the First Lady had a meeting with Prince Harry.
Harry visited one of Canada's top mental health facilities before Saturday night's ceremony.
His actress girlfriend Meghan Markle lives in Toronto, but hasn't appeared with Harry since he arrived in the city. She recently told Vanity Fair they're in love.
About 550 competitors from 17 countries are slated to compete in 12 sports.
U.S. Master Sgt. Brian Williams, who his left leg amputated at the knee because of an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2012, said Harry is living up to the legacy of his late mother Diana with his charity work.
"He's following in his mother footsteps. Straight up," Williams said.
Williams said he has a lot of respect for Harry, a former soldier who served in Afghanistan. "He doesn't have to do this but he is," he said.
Williams was working as a dog handler during his second deployment in Afghanistan when he was severely injured while clearing a Taliban compound. Despite his injuries he has worked hard to stay on active duty. He also competed in last year's Invictus Games in Orlando and he's taking part in wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball this year.
Canadian Melanie Harris is set to compete in bioarchery. Harris did two tours of duty with in Afghanistan with the Canadian military. She would help carry bring in wounded soldiers to the medical facilities on base. She has since struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I was living without passion, without purpose. I needed to believe in myself again and I needed to be inspired. And these Invictus Games that's what they did," Harris said.