Trust the Aussies to take the mickey out of a royal!
Team Australia took it upon themselves to present Prince Harry with a Speedo in their national colours at the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands.
It’s the second time the Australian athletes have presented the 37-year-old royal with a pair of “budgie smugglers”, as they like to call the skimpy briefs. He was first given a pair at the 2018 Games and later was seen wearing them over his jeans.
“Oh, look at those. It doesn't get any better than that, does it? This type of silky camouflage . . . only in Australia would you get something like this. It's so wrong, but it's wonderful,” Harry quipped at the time.
This time around he blushed slightly as he posed for photos with the green-and-yellow cozzie, which was emblazoned with the cheeky slogan “Team Aus Down Under” on the back. But he took it all in good humour, laughing and joking with the athletes.
At one point he appeared to stretch out the material as if to check if it's the right size.
Now that the Duke of Sussex is living in California, Team Australia thought it appropriate to continue the tradition of gifting stunning new budgie smugglers to the Duke #InvictusGames#IG22 @InvictusGamesNL pic.twitter.com/yKNoRNDGc0— Aussie Invictus (@aussieinvictus) April 15, 2022
“Now that the Duke of Sussex is living in California, Team Australia thought it was appropriate to continue the tradition of gifting stunning new budgie smugglers to the Duke,” the team captioned the photo on their Twitter account, Aussie Invictus.
Harry and Meghan have been steady features at this year’s event, which sees wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women from around the world taking part in various sporting events.
The trip is the couple's first outside of the US since leaving the British royal family in March 2020. It also marks their first time filming footage for an upcoming Netflix documentary they're producing. They famously signed a multi-million-dollar deal with the streaming giant in 2020 to produce programmes on topics close to their hearts.
Harry, a former soldier who's served his country in Afghanistan, started the Invictus Games in 2014 in the belief that “wounded servicemen and women, who've given so much for their country, should be given the respect and support they deserve to lead fulfilling lives post recovery”.
The word “Invictus” means “unconquered”, and the event took its name from William Ernest Henley's inspirational poem of the same name.
Sources: news.yahoo.com, Twitter, dailymail.co.uk