Prince Harry’s Pal Broke Records at the Paralympics

Sergeant Elizabeth Marks first impressed Prince Harry when she won a gold medal at the Invictus Games

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 08: Prince Harry meets USA Invictus Team Member Elizabeth Marks ahead of the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games Foundation is in Orlando ahead of the opening of Invictus Games which will open on Sunday. The Invictus Games is the only International sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Started in 2014 by Prince Harry the Invictus Games uses the power of Sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation.

Prince Harry with USA Invictus team member Elizabeth Marks in Orlando, Florida.

Sergeant Elizabeth Marks won four gold medals swimming in Prince Harry’s Invictus Games, and now she’s breaking records at the Paralympics in Rio. Marks came down with a life threatening illness during her first Invictus Games, and she was rushed to Papworth Hospital. To show her gratitude, Marks instructed Prince Harry to bring her medal to the doctors who saved her life.

At the Invictus Games, more than 500 wounded military members compete in ten sporting events. After Marks enlisted in the army at 17, she was wounded in Iraq. Now, Marks is a Paralympic world record holder, according to Team USA. She won the women’s 100-meter breast stroke, giving the United States their first win. Her time beat teammate Jessica Long’s world record–and if that’s not impressive enough, Marks is still an active duty military member.

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 11: Prince Harry tries on USA Invictus Team Member Elizabeth Marks's Team USA jersey in the competitor's tent 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 Foundation is in Orlando for the Invictus Games 2016. The Invictus Games is the only International sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Started in 2014 by Prince Harry the Invictus Games uses the power of Sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images for Invictus)

Prince Harry tries on Marks’s Team USA jersey in the competitor’s tent.

Marks has been singing Prince Harry’s praises since their first meeting. While there were rumors the two were involved after they were spotted canoodling, she’s happily married to a bodybuilder. And Prince Harry is still notably single, despite recent rumors of his dalliances. Unfortunately, Prince Harry wasn’t there to witness his friend in action, as the cinnamon prince is preparing for a tropical trip to Antigua and Barbados this fall.