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Prince Harry officially welcomes fans and hangs out at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Harry wished the teams luck and thanked everyone who made the tournament possible.

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Updated: May 31, 2019, 01.31 PM IST
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Britain's Prince Harry looks at the trophy during the opening ceremony of the World Cup cricket match between England and South Africa at The Oval in London.
WASHINGTON D.C. [USA]: Prince Harry attended the opening match of 2019 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup on Thursday.

To kick off the mega event, the Duke of Sussex welcomed fans to the sporting event, which is being held at The Oval in London, reported E! News.

"The first-ever cricket World Cup took place in England in 1975, and I'm delighted that the UK will once again play host to this wonderful global sporting event featuring 10 incredible teams who, thanks to the UK's cultural diversity, will feel as though they are competing in front of a home crowd every time they take to the field," he told the crowd.

"Cities across England and Wales will come alive over the next six weeks as World Cup fever sweeps the nation once again and I am sure that the players will show their appreciation with some fantastic performances and great sportsmanship," he added.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board Colin Graves during the opening ceremony before the match.


Harry then wished the teams luck and thanked everyone who made the cricket tournament possible.

Expressing his excitement, Harry added, "Here's to a brilliant six weeks of sport. Trust me, you won't want to miss any of it. I am now honoured to declare the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales - OPEN!"

Not wanting to miss the crazy action, The Duke of Sussex watched England face off against South Africa from a box in the stands.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex chats to England's captain Eoin Morgan, (C), Bangladesh's captain Mashrafe Mortaza (2L) and India's captain Virat Kohli during a meeting with the captains of the cricket teams participating in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.


Before the match started, the royal met a couple of young people involved in the sport's youth engagement program, including some anthem children and flag bearers.

The Duke's official Instagram account stated that the tournament aims to inspire children all over the world by encouraging teamwork, an active lifestyle and a sense of community.

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Today, The Duke of Sussex opened the @ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, a six-week tournament featuring the world’s top ten cricket teams - nine of which represent Commonwealth countries. As His Royal Highness said in his speech this morning: “The first ever cricket World Cup took place in England in 1975 and I'm delighted that the UK will once again play host to this wonderful global sporting event featuring ten incredible teams who, thanks to the UK’s cultural diversity, will feel as though they are competing in front of a home crowd every time they take to the field.” Today marks the fifth time England has hosted the Cricket World Cup. Tournaments like the @cricketworldcup are a huge opportunity to inspire kids all over the world in the power of sport - encouraging them to participate in activity that fosters teamwork, supports an active lifestyle, and builds a deep sense of community. Yesterday Her Majesty the Queen and The Duke hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup team captains at Buckingham Palace, and today His Royal Highness met with young people involved in cricket youth engagement programmes and local school children from the Henry Fawcett School. Over the next six weeks, over one million people are expected to attend cricket matches and World Cup activations in the eleven host venues across England and Wales, with a further 1.5 billion watching around the world. On behalf of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, best of luck to everyone taking part in the @ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - and a big thank you to all those staff and volunteers, supporters and fans who will make these next six weeks so special.

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This wasn't the first time in this week that Harry celebrated the sport, on Wednesday, he hosted the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup team captains at Buckingham Palace with Queen Elizabeth II.

Harry's wife Meghan Markle didn't attend either of the events. The Duchess of Sussex is currently on her maternity leave after welcoming the couple's first child, Archie Harrison, earlier this month.

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