THE Sun’s Millies became an annual TV event after being launched with a star-studded show hosted by Strictly Come Dancing’s Tess Daly in December 2008.
And Harry was at the event three years later when he shook the hand of Pte Jaco Van Gass, part of the Walking with the Wounded trek to the North Pole.
Prince Harry shook the hand of Pte Jaco Van Gass at The Sun’s Millies in 2011Credit: Lee Thompson – The Sun
But the Duke of Sussex now claims the media did not do enough for wounded soldiersCredit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun
In 2017, the prince joined the Queen in attending the unveiling of a memorial to Afghan heroes after The Sun raised £1million from readers.
Our front pages have heavily featured the faces of many Armed Forces heroes.
Among those honoured at our awards was triple amputee Cpl Josh Boggi, who was given a Sun Military Award in 2013 for overcoming adversity after surviving an IED blast in Afghanistan.
Cpl Ricky Furgusson won the Life Saver Award at the 2010 Millies for risking death four times to help wounded colleagues, before he was blown up by a hidden Taliban bomb.
He lost both legs, five fingers and an eye.
Harry’s dad, the then Prince Charles, clasped the hand of brave commandos Mark Ormrod and Ben Parkinson at the first Millies in 2008.
Sgt Ryan McCready scooped the Most Outstanding Soldier award in 2011 for winning the trust of an Afghan community.
Prince William told Ryan, of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment: “You exemplify the unique qualities that make the British soldier second to none.”