The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined soccer star David Beckham and Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the crowd at the final of the wheelchair basketball final Invictus Games in Sydney, as the Australian leg of their royal tour enters its final day.
Returning to Sydney from Tonga last night for tonight’s Invictus Games closing ceremony, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan smiled for the cameras at the stadium as the Netherlands took on the United States in the gold medal match.
Crowd members in their area did their best to take photos of the royal couple, as the crowd — which packed into a sold-out stadium — cheered when they appeared on the big screen.
The couple presented medals to the winning teams, with the US winning the gold medal game 29 to 17.
Retired soccer star David Beckham, an Invictus ambassador, was also in the crowd along with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
All are expected at Sydney Olympic Park for the Invictus Games closing ceremony, where Prince Harry will speak and officially close the games that have taken place over the past week.
The Duke and Duchess had a quiet morning on Saturday in Sydney, with no official functions before arriving at the stadium just before 2pm.
They will tomorrow fly to New Zealand for a three-day tour before returning home to the United Kingdom.
Speaking before the wheelchair basketball final, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it had been a “magic week for Sydney”.
“They (the competitors) all came here as champions, and we celebrate them,” Mr Morrison said.
“The courage (they’ve shown) and the wonderful event we’ve seen throughout the week.
“The thing that I noticed was how people had cheered for everyone.
“That’s great to see.”
Prince Harry raises environmental concerns
Prince Harry last night weighted into the environmental debate in a speech at the Australian Geographic Society Awards, calling it “absolutely heartbreaking” to see Australia’s natural treasures being “changed forever”.
The royal couple presented awards at the event in Sydney where the Duke recognised coral bleaching, droughts and bush fires as a challenge.
However he said he was confident a new generation were tackling environmental issues to come up with “long lasting, sustainable solutions”.
“Young people now innately understand far better than previous generations that we simply cannot continue to destroy our natural world, without facing major, irreversible consequences.”
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