Getty’s royal photographer Chris Jackson has documented Prince Harry’s work with the Invictus Games for years. But this morning’s involvement in the Netherlands, which marked the official return of the Duke of Sussex after the birth of his son Archie, was different, if only because Prince Harry is now a father.
“Prince Harry seemed to take on a fantastic shape today and certainly smiled while meeting the competitors at the event in The Hague,” Jackson Town & Country tells of the event via email, officially launching the Invictus Games of 2020.
For those who are not familiar, the Invictus Games is an international adaptive sports competition for wounded soldiers, women and veterans, which Prince Harry founded in 2014. Today’s events marked the one-year countdown to the 2020 matches, which will take place in The Hague.
“It was fantastic to document another Invictus event today,” Jackson continued. “After the incredibly successful Invictus Sydney, I think everyone looks enormously at Invictus in The Hague in 2020. It is an event that means so much to the Duke of Sussex.”
It is certainly a bit unusual for a new father to travel internationally so soon after the birth of his first child, but Harry was determined to be in the Netherlands today and support a project that he is clearly so passionate about.
“While a huge team of people are working hard to make Invictus what it is today, Prince Harry remains the” spiritual figurehead “of this event he originally conceived,” Jackson explains. “The passion, and blood, sweat and tears entering the organization of Invictus is something that I am sure the Prince greatly respects, so he would have understood the importance of his role in the proceedings. “
Jackson has taken many pictures today, but a few stand out in his mind.
“I love the photos of the new father riding a bicycle in the spring sun between engagements, the perfect way to view the location,” he says. “Cycling has always been the best way to endure Invictus events and this is certainly the land of pedal power, so it was great to see these two things coming together.”
Jackson also loved the moment Prince Harry received a onesie (also known as a baby in the UK) as a gift for his baby.
“I loved the moment the prince had a baby for Archie – a light-hearted moment and a great photo!” he says.
Jackson recently became a father himself. His wife, Natasha Archer, who serves as a stylist and personal assistant to the Duchess of Cambridge, got their son Theo a few months ago so that he can relate to what Harry is going through as a new father.
“Speaking firsthand, being a new father is literally the most exciting and tiring thing you can experience, so it was fantastic to see the excitement that enveloped the nation (and world) around the birth of baby Archie,” Jackson says .
“A royal baby is always a big reason to party and I have photographed Prince Harry for years. I am excited to document a new chapter in his life.”