Prince Harry warmly strokes service dog on day four of The Invictus Games - petsitterbank

Prince Harry warmly strokes service dog on day four of The Invictus Games

Prince Harry showed off his love of animals today as he warmly greeted an adorable service dog on the fifth day of The Invictus Games.

The Duke of Sussex, 37, was seen kneeling down to warmly stroke the sweet black Labrador who was seen happily sniffing his hand and face as the royal smiled at the animal.

Harry, who has his own black Labrador at home called Pula, appeared delighted by the service dog, who was brought to The Netherlands with the Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation, who aim to provide information about assistance animals at the event.

The pooch, named Lasco, was one of three dogs brought to The Hague by the organization and joined Harry and competitors Ukraine as they painted a park bench in the country’s national colors this morning.

Prince Harry showed off his love of animals today as he warmly greeted an adorable service dog on the fifth day of The Invictus Games

The Duke of Sussex was seen kneeling down to warmly stroke the sweet chocolate labrador who was seen happily sniffing his hand and face as the royal smiled at the animal

The Duke of Sussex was seen kneeling down to warmly stroke the sweet chocolate labrador who was seen happily sniffing his hand and face as the royal smiled at the animal

Shortly after tying the knot in May 2018, Harry and Meghan welcomed a black Labrador rescue into their home – who is now living with them in Montecito, California.

Meghan also owns a beagle named Guy, who she adopted while living in Toronto

The Netherlands-based organisation, which was founded in 1935, trains guide dogs for visually impaired people, those with physical disabilities or people suffering with mental illness such as PTSD.

The foundation presented their dogs at the Invictus Games to both provide information about their organization and to provide assistance for athletes who were not able to bring their own service animals to the event.

The organization is the oldest and largest in The Netherlands and their pooches usually come from their own breeding programs to be trained over the period of three years to assist their owner.

Sharing a video of the pooches at the event to their Instagram account, the non-profit wrote: ‘We are there this week to make our dogs available to the participants who need them.

Harry, 37, appeared delighted by the service dog, who was brought to The Netherlands with the Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation

Harry, 37, appeared delighted by the service dog, who was brought to The Netherlands with the Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation

The pooch, named Lasco, was one of three dogs brought to The Hague by the organization and joined Harry and competitors Ukraine as they painted a park bench in the country's national colors this morning

The pooch, named Lasco, was one of three dogs brought to The Hague by the organization and joined Harry and competitors Ukraine as they painted a park bench in the country’s national colors this morning

‘Not every participant can bring his/her assistance dog, or has experience with the power of an assistance dog.

‘It is a rewarding task, we are proud of everyone and wish our clients who take action this week some extra success!’

The appearance came after the Duke gave his latest interview on US television in which he insisted that he talks with the Queen ‘about things she can’t talk about with anybody else’.

He also placed doubt over whether he would attend his grandmother’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London in June amid the ongoing security row with the UK’s Home Office, adding: ‘Home for me now is, you know, for the time being, it’s in the States . And it feels that way as well.’

This comes despite his lawyers telling the High Court in February of the UK: ‘This is and always will be his home.’

The pooch belongs to a Netherlands-based organisation, which was founded in 1935 and trains guide dogs for visually impaired people

The pooch belongs to a Netherlands-based organisation, which was founded in 1935 and trains guide dogs for visually impaired people

The Duke of Sussex appeared in good spirits as he warmly petted the dog at Zuiderpark on the fifth day of the Invictus Games

The Duke of Sussex appeared in good spirits as he warmly petted the dog at Zuiderpark on the fifth day of the Invictus Games

Lasco the service dog was seen sniffing Prince Harry's hand during day five of the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark in The Hague

Lasco the service dog was seen sniffing Prince Harry’s hand during day five of the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark in The Hague

The Duke also said he and his wife Meghan Markle had been ‘welcomed with open arms and we have such a great community up in Santa Barbara’ in California.

And Harry spoke about his mantra of ‘trying to make the world a better place for my kids’ while explaining his fears that he could face ‘burnout’ while working from home at his £11million mansion in Montecito, California.

In addition, he praised the Queen’s ‘sense of humour’ and spoke of their ‘really special relationship’ following their surprise meeting at Windsor Castle last Thursday where he had tea with her and his wife Meghan Markle.

And, talking about his late mother Princess Diana, Harry told NBC’s Today that he feels her ‘presence in almost everything that I do now’ and that he talks to his son Archie about her and there are photos of her in their home.

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