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March 17, 2016 09:25 AM

ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosNearly two years after launching the first Invictus Games, Prince Harry‘s passion for the project – and its participants – is stronger than ever.

“No one wants sympathy. All they want is an opportunity to prove themselves, and that’s what this is all about,” Harry told Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts on Thursday of the second Invictus Games, which kick off in Orlando this May.

Harry has been an avid supporter of veterans, founding the multi-sport event for wounded, ill and injured service members around the globe in 2014.

But he also extends his support on a personal level, meeting with, and encouraging participants ahead of the paralympic-style Games.

“Some of these guys should be dead,” Harry, 31, told Roberts. “Never before have we had so many amputees survive from such unbelievably traumatic injuries.”

He added: “I’m now lucky enough to watch someone who should be dead run in the 100 meters. You want a definition of inspiration? That’s probably it.”

The royal has extensive military experience himself: He served two tours in Afghanistan and – with 10 years of military service under his belt – retired from the British Army in June 2015.

With his army background, Harry told Roberts that he was inspired to start the Invictus Games after attending the paralympic Warrior Games with British service members in 2013.

“I’m not asking for it to become really boring that we constantly go on about our veterans,” he said.

“But, I’m sorry, anybody who serves our country and puts their life on the line, and then can bring themselves back from an injury like that deserves everything from every single one of us.”

The 2016 Invictus Games will take place May 8-12 in Orlando and will feature more than 500 competitors from 15 nations.

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