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Prince Harry ‘has no plans to turn down’ Pat Tillman Award for service at ESPYs, ‘despite conflicting reports’

The ESPY Awards will go ahead tomorrow night, despite the backlash and controversy surrounding Prince Harry’s Pat Tillman Award for Service, Us Weekly reports that Harry has “no plans to turn down” the award, “despite reports indicating otherwise.”

Harry, who served in the British Army for a decade, was reportedly “stunned” by the negative reaction to his choice.

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The award “recognizes a person with a strong connection to sports who has served others in a way that reflects the legacy of the late Tillman,” the website reported. Tillman played in the NFL, but after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, he enlisted as an Army Ranger and served in Afghanistan, where he was killed by friendly fire in 2004. He was just 27 years old.

Tillman was just 27 years old when he was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.

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How Marie Claire As reported yesterday, Harry is reportedly “stunned” by the negative reaction and finds it a “bitter pill to swallow”; a petition has been circulating saying Harry is not the proper recipient of the award, as well as Tillman’s mother, Mary Tillman, said Daily mail that in her opinion there were people who were “much more suitable” and deserving of the award.

Harry won the award for a reason: in addition to his 10 years in the British Army—including two tours of duty in Afghanistan—Harry founded the Invictus Games in 2014 to help wounded, sick, and injured soldiers, both veterans and those still serving, find community through sport. The Games just celebrated their 10th anniversary in May, and will expand their reach to include winter sports for the first time at the upcoming 2025 Games in Canada.

Harry and Meghan attended the Invictus Games One Year to Go event in Canada earlier this year.

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With the Games taking place in Vancouver and Whistler next year, Harry said in a message that he is excited to see the athletes’ “passion, determination and resilience on full display as they embark on this new chapter,” the report said. Mirror.