On Wednesday, the 33-year-old royal made an appearance at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London, England, to launch the “Walk of America.”
The groom to be was all smiles as he greeted veterans while wearing a gray suit jacket and dark dress pants that matched his tie. Harry was clearly at ease as he laughed and shook hands with those who have served.
The “Walk of America” will feature a team of six veterans from America and the United Kingdom walking 1,000 miles from the west to east coasts of the U.S. in just 14 weeks. The veterans will start in Los Angeles, California, on Jun 2 and finish in New York City on September 6. During their walk, they will visit some of the country’s most iconic cities and landmarks.
The event is meant to shed light on wounded soldiers and share their journeys, in addition to promoting future conversations surrounding veteran mental health. Kensington Palace revealed that two of the U.K. veterans participating in the walk are currently homeless and living in a veteran homeless residence.
"The Walk Of America will tell the stories of wounded veterans and their individual journeys from injury to the present day and encourage conversations around veteran mental health. The expedition will also raise funds for veterans both sides of the Atlantic," reads a statement on Kensington Palace's Twitter. "Generations of servicemen and women from the USA and UK have fought alongside each other, and Prince Harry believes that just as countries fight together, more can be done to recover together too."
Prince Harry will launch the ‘Walk Of America’ expedition from armed forces charity @supportthewalk today, and meet the British veterans, who with American counterparts, will walk 1,000 miles from LA to New York over 14 weeks this summer. pic.twitter.com/PtkNw4GNaA
Harry, a veteran himself, has been instrumental in highlighting the struggles servicemen and women face. Last week he was joined by his fiancée at an event in Bath, England, for the U.K. team trials for the Invictus Games.
Harry is also preparing for his highly anticipated wedding to Meghan, 36, next month in Windsor, England.