AN AUSTRALIAN Army veteran nearly reduced Prince Harry to tears after she was overcome by emotion during the opening ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games.

Tasmanian Michaela Gilewicz was a surprises star in Toronto when she was caught with tears streaming down her face as she entered the stadium with her Australian teammates.

However, the "embarrassing" video - "everyone keeps telling me they saw me cry" - proved to be a silver lining in disguise when a lifelong dream literally tapped her on the should.

Army veteran Michaela Gilewicz (right) meets Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in Toronto.
Army veteran Michaela Gilewicz (right) meets Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in Toronto. Facebook/Mark Doran

"I've been waiting my whole life to meet Prince Harry," she told ABC Radio Hobart.

"He came up and tapped me on the shoulder, shook my hand and said: 'I've got something to tell you.'

"He saw me tearing up and he said: 'I had to look away because we were live to air on the BBC and you nearly set me off.'

"I was like, oh my God, this is the best moment of my life."

Ms Gilewicz had her heart set on a career in the army but was discharged after injuring her shoulder.

She subsequently suffered from depression and anxiety.

Toronto is her first participation at the Invictus Games where she is competing in the powerlifting and indoor rowing.


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