On their first evening engagement together, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the Endeavour Fund Awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London on Thursday. The annual awards celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in remarkable sporting and adventure challenges over the last year.Embed from Getty Images
The Endeavour Fund Awards, which are supported by the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, supports the ambitions of servicemen and women to use challenges such as scuba diving and mountain climbing to help with physical, psychological and social recovery from physical injury and mental health issues.
Meghan Markle even took to the stage to present an award – the Celebrating Excellence Award – and told the gathered crowd, “I’m truly privileged to be here.” The award was presented to Daniel Claricoates, who was previously awarded the Military Cross after multiple tours in Afghanistan after which he suffered PTSD.
Though he suffered from PTSD, Daniel Claricoates was spurred on to climb to the summits of the highest mountains in both Africa and Antartica with 65 Degrees North. After accepting the award, Daniel Claricoates said, “I don’t feel really deserving. It’s like the other award I have the privilege to wear – it’s not my award.”
The Endeavour Fund was established by The Royal Foundation in 2012 and offers seed funding for sporting and adventure challenges and helps emerging initiatives with advice, hands-on support and mentoring. The Royal Foundation is hopeful that the Endeavour Fund will inspire much more wounded servicemen and women to explore new physical challenges as part of their recovery; rebuilding their confidence and look forward with optimism to a new part of their life.
On his last award giving of the night, Prince Harry told the audience, “I am fortunate enough to meet many of those who take part in the endeavours that we support and I am continually amazed by the tenacity, fortitude and unshakeable humour displayed by the men and women who sign up to run races, cross oceans, climb mountains or take on challenges few would even contemplate.”
The Endeavour Fund, since its launch, has supported 66 different projects that have directly assisted over 2265 individuals.
Prince Harry concluded, “You guys are truly awesome and society needs every single one of you, and it’s up to every single one of us in this room to provide those opportunities for you.”