Melania Trump arrived in Toronto to lead the United States’ delegation to the Invictus Games for wounded soldiers. Trump met with Prince Harry, a former soldier and son of Princess Diana, who started the games in 2014. (Sept. 23)
TORONTO — Britain’s Prince Harry and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump met Saturday ahead of the opening ceremony of the royal’s Invictus Games for wounded veterans, set for 7 p.m. ET.
“Nice to meet you,” Harry said as he was introduced to Mrs. Trump and they shook hands. They stood together and smiled for the British and American news media before sitting in adjoining club chairs placed in front of their countries’ respective flags.
The first lady sported a gray Dior pantsuit with a cropped hem, a look she has favored on many occasions.
Mrs. Trump’s decision to lead the U.S. delegation, whose members include Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, professional golfer Nancy Lopez and entertainer Wayne Newton, reflects the first lady’s “utmost respect” for the hard work, courage and sacrifice of the U.S. military, said Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump.
“She feels strongly that they — and their families — should be honored every day,” Grisham said.
Grisham said Mrs. Trump also has “great admiration for the role the games have played in empowering those who have been injured while serving.”
At a recent event marking the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force, the first lady thanked the many military members who assisted thousands of people in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and the Caribbean whose lives were upended by recent hurricanes.
A native of Slovenia who became a U.S. citizen in 2006, Mrs. Trump also thanked service members’ families.
“You endure time apart, are expected to move when new orders come in, and face the uncertainty that can come in times of need,” she said at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, before introducing her husband. “This kind of lifestyle requires its own kind of courage and your sacrifices do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.”
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