By Meghan Overdeep
May 13, 2016 @ 10:45 am
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Earlier this week, Prince Harry gave one lucky Invictus Games participant the real royal treatment. Katie Kuiper from Team USA was talking with the dreamy prince after medaling in cycling when she asked him for a photo. But the 33-year-old former Army staff sergeant never could have guessed what happened next.

"We had been chatting with Prince Harry and he was hanging out," Kuiper told People. "I'm kind of shy, but I was like, 'Do you mind if we get a photo of just the two of us?'"

The red-headed royal agreed and happily gave her a kiss on the cheek.

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"It was really special for me," says Kuiper, who took home three golds and one silver in track and field, and cycling events. "I feel invisible a lot of the time because of the way I look. He made me feel special." Kuiper, who hails from San Antonia, Texas, said. Three years ago, she suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her face. "People always ask me why, but I don't know," she added. "It was a lot of things building."

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On Thursday evening, after five inspiring days of competition, Harry wrapped up the Invictus Games in Orlando, Fla. "I know by your nature you all want to win, but these games are so much more than that," he said to the athletes. "Invictus is so much more than that. You are all Invictus. You are now ambassadors for the spirit of these games. Spread the word. Never stop fighting. And do all you can to lift up everyone around you."

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Before the closing ceremonies, Harry attended the gold medal wheelchair basketball match, watching Team USA win 48-16 over the U.K. "Fair enough, U.S.A., I'll give it to you," he said. "But let me remind you, this has never been about the medals. This is about sharing experiences and literally watching lives change in front of you. We're the lucky ones to have witnessed it together."