The Duke of Sussex participated in the video call with athletes who feature in the documentary including Tatyana McFadden and Matt Stutzman, Bebe Vio, Jean-Baptiste Alaize and Ntando Mahlangu. He said the new Netflix production aims to end “stereotyping and preconceptions” in Paralympic sports.
During the meeting, the Duke said: “With COVID and everything else that is happening at the moment, your stories and the strength that you guys show, is incredible and that needs to be seen more.
“It needs to be spoken about more, to try and get rid of the stereotyping to get rid of those preconceptions.”
He added: “My biggest hope is that people will watch this film and go ‘No matter how hard my life is, no matter how hard a day or a week can be, this what I aspire to, not just for me but for my family and all the loved ones around me.’
“It is that element that I think will end up changing the world, so well done and thank you very much.”
Describing the importance of sport in people’s lives in a trailer for the documentary, Harry said: “There isn’t anything else in the world that can bring you back from the darkest places than sport.
“Yes, lives are being changed on the track.
“But lives are also being changed in the stands.”
A description for the documentary claims it “tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games.”
It adds: “From the rubble of World War II to the third biggest sporting event on the planet, the Paralympics sparked a global movement which continues to change the way the world thinks about disability, diversity & human potential”.
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“We merely created a platform in order for them to shine and it’s genuinely been one of the greatest honours of my life to get to know all you guys and to see you through this process.
“We’ve had some laughs, we’ve had some tears, and I can’t ever thank you enough for the impact that you have had across the world, to be able to create better understanding for those people who put the uniform on.”
The Zoom call comes as news emerged that Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have signed a deal with Netflix to create documentaries, feature films and other shows.
The Duke and the Duchess will focus “on creating content that informs but also gives hope”.
Releasing a statement, they said: “Our lives, both independent of each other and as a couple, have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection.