The Duke of Sussex, 36, appeared on the Saturday, November 14, episode for a video chat with Chalmers, 33, and his dance accomplice, Amy Dowden.
“We’ve received any individual right here who needs to see you,” Dowden, 30, advised Chalmers throughout their coaching session to which he replied, “You’re kidding!”
Harry praised Chalmers for his success on the present and reminisced on how far he’s come as an individual.
Prince Harry made a shock look on @bbcstrictly tonight to (just about) cheer on pal, former @RoyalMarines and @WeAreInvictus medalist @JJChalmersRM, who’s competing on the present. “I’m so proud, genuinely proud that right here you might be on this place now,” the duke advised him. pic.twitter.com/p3vOlIbGm6
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) November 14, 2020
“After I first met JJ he was a shell of himself, however then to see you shine by Invictus and really feel like your self once more, that was the beginning of a tremendous journey,” the prince mentioned. “I’m so genuinely proud. You’re not a dancer, proving that you are able to do something you place your thoughts to, which is wonderful.”
Chalmers suffered life-threatening accidents, together with the lack of two fingers, throughout an IED blast in 2011 whereas serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan. Three years later, he volunteered for Harry’s Invictus Games, which is a Paralympic-style sports activities competitors for wounded military personnel and vets. Chalmers turned captain of the trike biking group in 2014 and even gained a gold medal.
The athlete credited Harry for giving him the motivation to persevere within the face of trauma.
“The straightforward truth is, if Prince Harry had not created the Invictus Video games, I might not have had that catalyst second to vary my life perpetually,” he mentioned.
Chalmers added that Harry was impressed to create the Invictus Video games in order that individuals “may have an effect on society.”
Harry quipped again, “You’re undoubtedly having an affect on society. Particularly once you’re carrying these tight blue shorts.”
Chalmers additionally confirmed off his sneakers to which Harry replied, “And the socks pulled up. It doesn’t get higher than that.”
Harry has been cheering on Chalmers from throughout the pond since he moved to Montecito, California, together with his spouse, Meghan Markle, and their 18-month-old son, Archie, earlier this yr. The couple relocated after stepping down from their senior royal duties in January. On the time, Chalmers stood by Harry’s side within the wake of the controversial choice.
Throughout an interview on The One Present in January, Chalmers mentioned he thought Harry was contemplating the well-being of his wife and child.
“He’s much less the captain within the military I knew, and he’s extra a father, that’s the very first thing I ask him about,” Chalmers mentioned on the time. “And I feel the choice that he has made, on the forefront of that is to protect his family, as a result of that’s the No. 1 rule is to be a father and to be a husband.”
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