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Prince Harry meets British soldiers competing in the warrior games and plays sitting volleyball with them in Colorado Springs (Arthur Edwards/The Sun /PA)

Prince Harry meets British soldiers competing in the warrior games and plays sitting volleyball with them in Colorado Springs (Arthur Edwards/The Sun /PA)

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Prince Harry attends the Warrior Games and meets injured servicemen and their families in Colorado Springs (Arthur Edwards/The Sun /PA)

Prince Harry attends the Warrior Games and meets injured servicemen and their families in Colorado Springs (Arthur Edwards/The Sun /PA)

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Prince Harry gives a high five to Lcpl Maurillia Simpson as he meets British soldiers competing in the warrior games and plays sitting volleyball with them in Colorado Springs (Arthur Edwards/The Sun /PA)

Prince Harry gives a high five to Lcpl Maurillia Simpson as he meets British soldiers competing in the warrior games and plays sitting volleyball with them in Colorado Springs (Arthur Edwards/The Sun /PA)

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Prince Harry prepares to light the cauldron to mark the opening of the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs

Prince Harry prepares to light the cauldron to mark the opening of the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs

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Prince Harry lights the cauldron to mark the opening of the Warrior Games

Prince Harry lights the cauldron to mark the opening of the Warrior Games

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Prince Harry meets British soldiers competing in the warrior games and plays sitting volleyball with them in Colorado Springs (Arthur Edwards/The Sun /PA Wire)

Prince Harry meets British soldiers competing in the warrior games and plays sitting volleyball with them in Colorado Springs (Arthur Edwards/The Sun /PA Wire)

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Prince Harry visits Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery (AP)

Prince Harry visits Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery (AP)

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Prince Harry and Major General Michael Linnington salute during a wreath laying ceremony (AP)

Prince Harry and Major General Michael Linnington salute during a wreath laying ceremony (AP)

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Prince Harry meets British soldiers competing in the warrior games and plays sitting volleyball with them in Colorado Springs (Arthur Edwards/The Sun /PA)

Prince Harry has said he hoped to bring America's Warrior Games for injured servicemen and women to the UK.

Harry believes the spectacle of wounded troops competing against each other would attract spectators by the tens of thousands.

The Prince will help light the cauldron which will launch this year's Warrior Games - a Paralympic-style competition featuring injured servicemen and women from the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

Speaking at a Colorado Springs brunch, held at the United States Olympic Training Centre, for wounded servicemen and women and senior officials organising the Games, the royal said after meeting competitors last year he was determined to return and watch them compete.

Harry said: "I only hope in the future, the near future, we can bring the Warrior Games to Britain and continue to enlarge this fantastic cause.

"I don't see how it wouldn't be possible to fill a stadium with 80,000 people, not to watch Olympics, not to watch Paralympics, but to watch wounded servicemen fight it out amongst each other - not on a battlefield but in a stadium."

Speaking about the six-day sporting event being staged at Colorado Springs, the royal got a large laugh from his audience when he joked: "I hope this is something you will all take a huge interest in as your nation will be coming probably second, if not third, to the UK team."

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