A ROYAL Marine who lost three limbs after kneeling on a bomb in Afghanistan was praised by Prince Harry last night after picking up sliver at the Invictus Games.
Mark Ormrod came second in the indoor rowing event in Toronto and received a handshake from the Royal as he was presented with his medal.
The pair first met nine years ago when Harry visited the armed forces Surrey based rehab centre Headly court in 2008.
Kensington Palace’s official Twitter feed posted a message saying it was the Prince’s “honour” to present the award to the “incredible” ex-marine.
The former 40-commando joked that he looked “drunk” in his winning pictures because he was so exhausted.
He also received a hug from his children, Evie and Mason,
Mark, 32, lost three limbs in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED in Helmond on Christmas Eve 2007.
He became the UK’s first triple amputee from Afghanistan after losing his legs and right arm and admits he considered suicide shortly after being discharged from hospital.
Last year, trying to raise awareness about suicide amongst ex-servicemen he said: “The military put my family up in a flat opposite and when I was discharged I went across to the flat.
“The wheelchair wouldn’t fit in the lounge where people were eating and chatting so I had to have my dinner on my lap in the hallway.
“That night I was getting ready for bed when I saw myself for the first time in a full-length mirror and I just had a fleeting thought of ‘I don’t want to live like this’.
“That’s as far as it went but I’ve known other people who have committed suicide.”
The Invictus Games are a multi-sport event for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel.
It was created by Prince Harry and Invictus stands for “unconquered” or “undefeated” in Latin.
The week-long event will see 550 competitors from 17 nations competing against one another in 12 different sports.
Sporting events at the Games include wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing, and the events tend to attract a crowd packed with politicians and Royals.
The first ever Invictus Games took place in March 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, United Kingdom.