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By People.com/Simon Perry
Updated Sep 22, 2017 @ 10:30 am
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Prince Harry can’t hide his excitement!

The royal kicked off events leading up to his Invictus Games in Toronto on Friday by attending a special meeting that highlighted how sports can benefit the competitors and their families.

Harry’s girlfriend, Meghan Markle, is also expected to attend the games—which run from Sept. 23 to Sept. 30—in her adopted hometown of Toronto (where she films her hit show, Suits), according to insiders, but she is likely to do so in an unofficial capacity—cheering from the stands.

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The impact on families is a key focus of the Paralympic-style competition for injured servicemen and women—which follows last year’s events in Orlando and the inaugural games in London in 2014.

Harry was inspired by the U.S.’s Warrior Games when it came to creating his international competition.

The games’ opening ceremony is on Saturday, officially starting eight days of sporting events across 12 adaptive sports involving around 550 competitors from 17 nations. It ends on September 30 with a star-studded concert with performances by Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson and Bryan Adams.

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Friday’s event, hosted by the military charity, the True Patriot Love Foundation, explored themes including secondary PTSD, caregiver fatigue, the resilience of military children when faced with parental injury and how sports help the family’s journey to recovery.

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Later in the day, Harry will check in on some training as the athletes make their final preparations for the games.

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