Prince Harry sends first tweet

Prince Harry

Britain’s Prince Harry has joked he joined the army because he can’t type.

The 29-year-old royal was in London, UK, today to promote the Invictus Games, which is a Paralympic-style event involving members of the armed forces who have been injured while on duty. It’s due to take place in September, with tickets going on sale on Friday, and is an initiative of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Harry gave a speech dedicated to the games today, during which he was encouraged to tweet a message in support of it. It marked the first time the prince had used the social networking site, prompting him to joke about how slow he was.

“That’s why I joined the army – I can’t type fast,” he laughed.

The royal then encouraged the audience to chat amongst themselves while he got on with the task ahead.

“Hope everyone will get behind #invictusgames. Great opportunity to support and thank the men and women who have given so much. Harry (sic),” it read.

The event is inspired by the Warrior Games in America and will see 300 people from all over the world competing in sports such as cycling, volleyball, archery and athletics.

Harry gave an impassioned speech at the top of the BT Tower in London in which he spoke of his hope for the games.

“For many of those who have suffered life changing injuries, sport plays a hugely important part in their recovery and life beyond as you have heard.

“This is particularly true for those men and women injured in the service of their country,” he said.

“By the nature of their profession these men and women are often very active and undoubtedly highly competitive.

“The Invictus Games this September will give these inspirational people the opportunity to showcase their talent and in doing so, prove that anything is really possible.”

The prince trained at Sandhurst and has served in Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter pilot. He quit that role in January, instead taking up a desk job in London with one of his tasks to set up the Invictus Games.

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