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LONDON — Bri­tain’s Prince Harry said yes­ter­day the men­tal health of serv­ing sol­diers was as im­por­tant as en­sur­ing they were ready to take part in con­flicts.

He was speak­ing as he launched a new part­ner­ship be­tween Bri­tain’s Min­istry of Defence (MoD) and the younger roy­als’ char­ity.

Harry, who spent 10 years in the mil­i­tary, in­clud­ing two tours of Afghanistan, joined forces with Bri­tain’s Defence Sec­re­tary Michael Fal­lon to pro­mote a new ini­tia­tive to of­fer men­tal health sup­port to those in the armed forces, their fam­i­lies and veter­ans.

“Cru­cially, fight­ing fit­ness is not just about phys­i­cal fit­ness. It is just as much about men­tal fit­ness too,” Harry said.

Since Harry left the mil­i­tary, he has made cam­paign­ing over men­tal health is­sues and the fate of veter­ans two of his pri­or­i­ties.

Ear­lier this year he re­vealed he him­self had come very close to a break­down fol­low­ing the death of his mother, Diana, when he was 12 years old. Harry is also the cre­ator and founder of the In­vic­tus Games for dis­abled sol­diers.

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