Prince Harry tweets his support for Invictus Games

Harry is not the first royal to embrace Twitter. His uncle the Duke of York has an official account.

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He displayed no great dexterity, but Prince Harry has posted his first official tweet to promote his inaugural Paralympic-style games for wounded service personnel.

Using an iPad, and tapping very slowly from a cribsheet, he used the official @InvictusLondon account to send the message: “Hope everyone will get behind #invictusgames. Great opportunity to support and thank the men and women who have given so much. Harry”.

Within three hours it had been retweeted 365 times and favourited 336 times.

Looking a little uncomfortable before sponsors and journalists gathered at the BT communications tower in central London, he took his time, saying: “That’s why I joined the army, I can’t type fast.”

He later joked that the London mayor, Boris Johnson, an enthusiastic Twitter user, would be thrilled to see him using the site.

Harry is not the first royal to embrace Twitter. His uncle, the Duke of York has an official account. And the prince reportedly already has a secret private Twitter account to monitor what is said about him and see what his friends are doing.

Inspired by the US Warrior Games, the Invictus Games will take place on 10-14 September in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. Some 40,000 tickets for the event, which will feature more than 400 competitors from 14 nations, go on sale on Friday.

Keith Mills, chairman of the Invictus Games, said getting Harry to tweet had required “a little royal protocol”.

“Members of the royal family don’t normally tweet, I don’t think they’ve ever tweeted,” he said. “But they were comfortable and he was thrilled to do it, so we have made a bit of history this morning.” © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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