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Prince Harry And Meghan In Fiji: The Prince I Know

Whenever Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex met Dereck Derenalagi, the end result is always laughter. “We always make fun, every time. He has a great sense of humour. Every
25 Oct 2018 11:09
Prince Harry And Meghan In Fiji: The Prince I Know
Akuila Uluiviti (left) and Derek Derenalagi at National War Memorial site, during the Wreath laying ceremony by The Duke Prince Harry on October 24, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Whenever Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex met Dereck Derenalagi, the end result is always laughter.

“We always make fun, every time. He has a great sense of humour. Every time we meet, we strike a joke straight away.

“When he saw my wife and I during the State dinner, he was shocked to see us. Later on, he asked what we were doing here, and I told him that we are here to welcome you into our country. So welcome!”

Prince Harry replied, “Oh Thank you Dereck!”

Yesterday at the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial at Veiuto, the occasion was a little soberer as veterans and those serving in the defence forces remembered those who had lost their lives.

A handwritten message by Prince Harry said:

The message left by Prince Harry at the National War Memorial site at Nasese, SUVA . Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The message left by Prince Harry at the National War Memorial site at Nasese, SUVA . Photo: Ronald Kumar.

“In grateful memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country. Loloma kei na masu (Translation: With love and prayer), Harry.”

Mr Derenalagi lost his legs in 2007 during a roadside explosion in Afghanistan while serving in the British Army.

Back then, there were only four injured soldiers who were amputees in the British Armed Forces.

It was also around this time when both Prince Harry and elder brother Prince William who got behind the support for injured soldiers.

Mr Derenalagi recalls that it was also that time when things started to change for them.

As a result a number of charities were founded to not only raise awareness but also fund injured servicemen and women both physically and mentally.

Mr Derenalagi has also suggested that the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, their ex-servicemen and injured servicemen to get involved in the Invictus Game.

In fact, Prince Harry was instrumental in the set-up of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event, where the wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing.

Republic of Fiji Military Force (RFMF) Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto said they’d be glad to take part in the next Invictus Games to take place in the Netherlands in 2020.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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