On Saturday, November 14, Prince Harry made an unexpected appearance on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing to support his friend JJ Chalmers. The Duke of Sussex made the virtual appearance on a video chat with JJ and Amy Dowden, JJ’s dancing partner.
“We’ve got someone here who wants to see you,” Amy, 30, told JJ during the training session.
“You’re kidding!” JJ reacted after seeing the Duke of Sussex on the video call.
Prince Harry made a surprise appearance on @bbcstrictly tonight to (virtually) cheer on pal, former @RoyalMarines and @WeAreInvictus medalist @JJChalmersRM, who is competing on the show. “I’m so proud, genuinely proud that here you are in this position now,” the duke told him. pic.twitter.com/p3vOlIbGm6— Omid Scobie (@scobie) November 14, 2020
Prince Harry cheered his long term friend, praising him for his determination and the long journey that has brought him to this point.
“When I first met JJ, he was a shell of himself, but then to see you shine through Invictus and feel like yourself again, that was the start of an amazing journey. I am so proud. You’re not a dancer, proving that you can do anything you put your mind to, which is amazing.”
Chalmers suffered severe injuries, including losing two of his fingers in a bomb blast in 2011 while on Royal Marine duties in Afghanistan. In 2014, he volunteered for the Prince’s Invictus Games which are for wounded military people. JJ captained the cycling team and even won a gold medal.