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The Duke of Sussex, 34, gave a short speech to a full crowd in the Kia Oval before recording England to South Africa in the opening game of the Cricket World Cup

Walked over! Crying prince Harry officially opens the Cricket World Cup before he looks at England and takes South Africa to the Oval

  • The Duke of Sussex has arrived to start the Cricket World Cup in London
  • Prince Harry, 34, will see how England will compete against South Africa in an opening game
  • The royal meets cricketers at the Queen's Buckingham Palace garden party
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Prince Harry shone as he officially opened the Cricket World Cup in London today.

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The Duke of Sussex, 34, gave a short speech to a full crowd in the Kia Oval before he saw England take on the opening game against South Africa.

The royal told fans that he & # 39; delighted & # 39; was that the tournament had returned to the UK and hoped all 10 teams that participated successfully.

He added: & # 39; Here's a great six-week sport and believe me, you don't want to miss a thing. & # 39;

The Duke of Sussex, 34, gave a short speech to a full crowd in the Kia Oval before recording England to South Africa in the opening game of the Cricket World Cup

The Duke of Sussex, 34, gave a short speech to a full crowd in the Kia Oval before recording England to South Africa in the opening game of the Cricket World Cup

Prince Harry speaks with a flag bearer during his participation in the opening game of the Cricket World Cup
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Prince Harry speaks with a flag bearer during his participation in the opening game of the Cricket World Cup

Prince Harry speaks with a flag bearer during his participation in the opening game of the Cricket World Cup

The Duke of Sussex speaks to young people who have been selected as Anthem Children from the Cricket World Cup youth engagement program before giving his speech at Oval this morning

The Duke of Sussex speaks to young people who have been selected as Anthem Children from the Cricket World Cup youth engagement program before giving his speech at Oval this morning

The Duke of Sussex speaks to young people who have been selected as Anthem Children from the Cricket World Cup youth engagement program before giving his speech at Oval this morning

New father Prince Harry walks the field during the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup. The royal, an enthusiastic sports fan, gave a speech in which all teams had great success

New father Prince Harry walks the field during the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup. The royal, an enthusiastic sports fan, gave a speech in which all teams had great success

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New father Prince Harry walks the field during the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup. The royal, an enthusiastic sports fan, gave a speech in which all teams had great success

Prince Harry is printed under giant cricket balls with the flags of the competing countries

Prince Harry is printed under giant cricket balls with the flags of the competing countries

Prince Harry is printed under giant cricket balls with the flags of the competing countries

The royal then went to the stands to watch the first match between England and South Africa

The royal then went to the stands to watch the first match between England and South Africa

The royal then went to the stands to watch the first match between England and South Africa

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Before his appearance, Prince Harry met young people and flag bearers who were selected to participate in the short opening ceremony.

He spent some time chatting and joking with the group before moving his way out to give his speech from a stage next to the trophy.

The Royal, an enthusiastic sports fan, continues to watch part of the match between England and South Africa.

The next game will be played tomorrow between Pakistan and the West Indes at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

The prince, who welcomed son Archie this month, appeared in excellent spirits as he spent time with school children prior to the England-South Africa game

The prince, who welcomed son Archie this month, appeared in excellent spirits as he spent time with school children prior to the England-South Africa game

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The prince, who welcomed son Archie this month, appeared in excellent spirits as he spent time with school children prior to the England-South Africa game

The prince gave a speech in which he congratulated all teams

The prince gave a speech in which he congratulated all teams

The royal told fans that he & # 39; delighted & # 39; was that the tournament had returned to the UK and hoped the 10 teams that entered successfully.

The royal told fans that he & # 39; delighted & # 39; was that the tournament had returned to the UK and hoped the 10 teams that entered successfully.

In his speech (left), the royal fans said he was excited & # 39; excited & # 39; was that the tournament had returned to the UK and wished success with the 10 teams that entered. Okay, Harry in the Oval today

Prince Harry shared a light moment with a group & # 39; Anthem Children & # 39; at the event

Prince Harry shared a light moment with a group & # 39; Anthem Children & # 39; at the event

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Prince Harry shared a light moment with a group & # 39; Anthem Children & # 39; at the event

In his speech, Harry noted how the multicultural population of the UK means that all competing teams feel they are in front of a & # 39; home crowd & # 39; stand.

& # 39; Cities throughout England and Wales will come to life in the next six weeks as the World Cup fever rushes through the nation again & # 39 ;, he went on.

& # 39; I'm sure the players will show their appreciation with fantastic performance and great sportiness. & # 39;

The duke could not help stopping the rivalry between England and Australia for the tournament on Wednesday, when the team captains met at Buckingham Palace.

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Harry fooled the Australian captain Aaron Finch's fool by asking him: "You are going up a bit now or not? How long have you been playing? & # 39; making the batsman laugh.

The queen also met the group of bowlers, batters and world-class all-rounders who later joined a palace garden party.

Harry, who became a father for the first time earlier this month, will watch part of the competition before he leaves.

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