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American swimmer to Prince Harry: Give British hospital my Invictus gold medal

by Eun Kyung Kim / / Source: TODAY

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Prince Harry is probably not used to being rejected, but that’s what happened after he tried to award a gold medal to an American Invictus swimmer.

Prince Harry presents  USA Invictus Team Member Elizabeth Marks with a Gold Medal at the swimming pool during the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 11, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Prince Harry, patron of the  Invictus Games Fou
Prince Harry awards Sgt. Elizabeth Marks of Team USA a gold medal following a swimming event.Getty

Sgt. Elizabeth Marks, a 25-year-old military medic from Arizona, won all four of the swimming events she entered in the Invictus Games, the international Paralympic-style competition founded by Prince Harry for wounded service members.

During the medal ceremony for one of the events, Prince Harry awarded Marks with the gold medal — only to have her run after him minutes later to give it back.

Prince Harry and Elizabeth Marks
Marks, asking Prince Harry to give her medal to the British hospital that saved her life.Getty

Marks later explained that she wanted the prince to give the medal to Papworth Hospital, the British facility that came to her rescue two years ago when she arrived in London to compete in the original Invictus Games. She instead ended up with a near-fatal lung condition that led doctors to put her into an induced coma.

"They absolutely saved my life and I can't thank the U.K. enough for having that kind of medical support and taking such good care of me," Marks told the Press Association. "So I gave Prince Harry one of my medals and hope it will find its way back to Papworth."

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Marks suffered a serious hip injury in 2010 that left her with no sensation in one of her legs.

Prince Harry and Elizabeth Marks
A moment of fun with the prince.Getty

The Invictus Games kicked off last Sunday in Orlando, Florida, and wraps up Thursday.

The competition, which features 500 men and women from 14 different countries, was a brainchild of the prince's after he served in Afghanistan for the British Army and witnessed the perseverance of wounded veterans.

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Harry has said he thinks his mother, the late Princess Diana, would have been proud of the attention the event has brought to service members.

The games brought out Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden.

The couple joined Prince Harry in catching a wheelchair rugby match, in which Team USA defeated Team Denmark 28-19, to win the gold.

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