Speaking about their journey to the games, Harry said: “It’s emotional to think that they all jumped in the bus, firstly they have to make the decision to come, which was hard enough anyway, then they jumped on the coach, probably slept all the way.
“And I think what people need to remember, or perhaps don’t even know yet, is a vast majority of the Ukraine team were serving in some shape or form.
“So they removed their uniforms, put their team strips on, jumped on the coach, came over here, slept for a couple of days, tried to decompress and then were straight into it, and then they’ve got to go back, so I think to have them here is extraordinary.
“And that commitment that they’ve made to leaving their country, which is a real hard thing for them to decide to do, but they came with their president’s blessing.
“And I don’t think this games could have been the games that it is without Team Ukraine.
“And of course, they’ve lost now four members of their community, and one being their archery instructor who isn’t here. He didn’t make it, killed in action.
“So I think it really just brings it home to what is going on across Europe right now.
“And we’ve got over 500 competitors here with varying different stories and backgrounds, but ultimately we are all together in this.”
Harry said he was “struggling for 24 hours about what to say about Team Ukraine” ahead of the opening ceremony.
In a speech at the event on Saturday, Harry said: “Your bravery in choosing to come and for being here tonight cannot be overstated.
“You told me yesterday when you decided to join us despite all odds, you said you came to be on this global stage, not simply to show your strength but to tell your truth, the truth, of what is happening in your country.
“You know we stand with you. The world is united with you and still you deserve more.
“And my hope is that these events, this event, creates the opportunity in how we as a global community can better show up for you.”
Meghan also appeared on stage and said to huge applause: “Slava Ukraini!” (Glory to Ukraine).
Attending the games is the teenage daughter of a Ukrainian paramedic who has been captured by Russian soldiers.
Yuliia Paievska, also known as Taira, was due to compete as part of the Ukrainian team but she was taken prisoner four weeks ago.
The 52-year-old is said to be a well-known paramedic, and is the founder and leader of Taira’s Angels, a volunteer medical evacuation unit that rescues the wounded, both military and civilians.
In Mariupol, Taira’s Angels rescued wounded soldiers and provided support to local people.
Her daughter, Anna-Sofia Puzanova, who turned 19 on Monday, travelled to The Hague for the event.
Ms Puzanova told the PA news agency: “My mum was captured by Russian soldiers near Mariupol on March 16, one month ago already.
“And now she’s probably in Russia. To be honest I don’t know exactly where she is because we don’t have any contact with her.”
Asked what she would say to her mother’s captors, she said: “Bring back my mum to me.”
The Independent has a proud history of campaigning for the rights of the most vulnerable, and we first ran our Refugees Welcome campaign during the war in Syria in 2015. Now, as we renew our campaign and launch this petition in the wake of the unfolding Ukrainian crisis, we are calling on the government to go further and faster to ensure help is delivered. To find out more about our Refugees Welcome campaign, click here. To sign the petition click here. If you would like to donate then please click here for our GoFundMe page.
Have your say in our news democracy. Click the upvote icon at the top of the page to help raise this article through the indy100 rankings.