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‘Stories of heroes’ Prince Harry to return to New York on solo trip to present awards

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The Duke of Sussex, 37, is said to be planning his solo return to the Big Apple just weeks after he and his wife Meghan Markle, 40, visited the city in late September. According to the Intrepid Museum website, Harry will appear alongside the CEO of iHeartMedia Bob Pittman, 67, and American-singer John Bon Jovi, 59, at the awards event on Wednesday.

The event will take place just one day before Armistice Day, known as Veterans Day on the other side of the pond.

Australian news outlet 9Honey reports the Duke previously teamed up with Bon Jovi to record the charity single ‘Unbroken’ for the 2020 Invictus Games.

Unfortunately, the outbreak of COVID-19 delayed the competition, which is now scheduled to take place at the Hague in 2022.

The Invictus Games, first contested in London in 2014, is held for and supports wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women.

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Similarly to his work with Invictus, Harry’s visit to the awards ceremony in New York is for one of the Duke’s most meaningful causes.

Harry, having served in two tours in Afghanistan with the British Army, will present awards to five service members, veterans and military families “living with the invisible wounds of war”.

The black tie or military evening dress ceremony, which is set to take place on Wednesday, requires visitors to provide “proof of vaccination” to board the historic carrier Intrepid.

The website’s description of the event reads: “The Intrepid Museum’s Salute to Freedom gala recognises extraordinary leadership and honors the brave men and women who serve in defence of our nation.

“Support from the gala makes possible educational experiences for more than 30,000 students each year, dynamic STEM content, free programs for veterans and military families, exhibitions that present stories of bravery and innovation, and the preservation of the historic artifacts and collections in the Museum’s care.”

Earlier this year, Susan Marenoff-Zausner, President of the Intrepid Museum, said: “We are so grateful to Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, for honouring and amplifying the stories of these heroes and helping raise awareness for mental health support for our men and women in uniform.”

She reportedly added: “We are incredibly proud to bestow the inaugural Intrepid Valor Awards to five incredible individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and persevered through extraordinary circumstances.

“It is a core tenet of our institution to be there for our service members and veterans, who are always there for all of us.”

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However, Harry’s visit to New York comes shortly after he was joined by Meghan Markle, 40, on tour of the Big Apple in September.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the almost 3,000-mile journey from their home in Montecito, California to New York for a series of appearances.

This included attending a 9/11 memorial service and appearing on-stage at the Global Citizen Live event in Central Park.

Despite it being expected for Harry to appear at the Intrepid Valor Awards without his wife, Hello! reports the Duchess is set to discuss “economic and professional parity” for women at the New York Times Deal Book/Online summit later today.

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