Prince Harry speaks with Team Australia at Invictus Games swimming event

One of the team! Prince Harry cheers, dances and gets VERY sociable with elated Australian athletes at the Invictus Games – days after getting some parakeet smugglers

  • Prince Harry was on Team Australia’s swim team at the Invictus Games
  • The Duke was spotted talking and laughing with several members of the team
  • Earlier this week he got some skinny parakeet smugglers to wear
  • He got a similar pair from Aussie Invictus athletes in Sydney in 2018

A delighted Prince Harry sat with Team Australia on day four of the Invictus Games, shaking hands and laughing with the athletes who gifted him some parakeet smugglers a few days earlier.

The Duke of Sussex sat poolside in front of an Australian green and gold flag as he watched the qualifying rounds in The Hague, Netherlands, at one point congratulating a swimmer with a hug and a pat on the back.

On April 16, a sheepish Prince Harry posed with skinny parakeet smugglers donated to him by the brash Australian Invictus squad.

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A delighted Prince Harry joins Team Australia on day four of the Invictus Games

The Duke of Sussex sat in front of an Australian green and gold flag by the pool as he watched the qualifying rounds in The Hague, Netherlands

The Duke of Sussex sat in front of an Australian green and gold flag by the pool as he watched the qualifying rounds in The Hague, Netherlands

At one point, the Aussies were seen throwing their arms around, encouraging Prince Harry to do the same

At one point, the Aussies were seen throwing their arms around, encouraging Prince Harry to do the same

He laughed when athletes representing Team Australia offered him a swimsuit, as seen in photos of the reception shared by Aussie Invictus on Twitter.

Harry even seemed to stretch out his new green-and-yellow parakeet smugglers, decorated with ‘Team Aus Down Under’ on the back, to make sure they were the right size for him.

Team Australia said it wanted to continue the ‘tradition of gifting beautiful new parakeet smugglers to the Duke’ – a nod to the 2018 Invictus Games, when Harry tried to wear a similar slip over his jeans.

Prince Harry shook hands with a woman who was poolside with Team Australia

Prince Harry shook hands with a woman who was poolside with Team Australia

Prince Harry was even seen congratulating a swimmer for winning with a hug and a pat on the back

Prince Harry was even seen congratulating a swimmer for winning with a hug and a pat on the back

A sheepish Prince Harry posed with skinny parakeet smugglers gifted to him by the brash Australian Invictus squad

A sheepish Prince Harry posed with skinny parakeet smugglers gifted to him by the brash Australian Invictus squad

The Duke of Sussex laughed when athletes representing Team Australia offered him a pair of swimming trunks, as seen in photos of the reception shared on Twitter by Aussie Invictus.

The Duke of Sussex laughed when athletes representing Team Australia offered him a pair of swimming trunks, as seen in photos of the reception shared on Twitter by Aussie Invictus.

The Duke delighted his Australian fans when he struggled to put the smugglers down his pants four years ago during an ABC TV Australia interview at the wounded veterans competition.

Aussie Invictus, Team Australia’s official Twitter account, posted photos of Harry posing in the briefs, writing: “Now that the Duke of Sussex lives in California, Team Australia thought it was appropriate to continue the tradition of donating beautiful new parakeet smugglers to the duke’.

During the 2018 Games, Harry was given the swimsuits as a gift from Invictus Games competitors Nicole Bradley and Matt Model and Paralympic athlete Dylan Alcott at Admirality House in Sydney.

Footage was shown on Invictus Games Today of Harry deciding to try on the swimmers, while the royal family laughed when he received the gift.

He exclaimed, “Oh, look at that. It doesn’t get any better than that, does it? This kind of silky camouflage… only in Australia would you get something like this. It’s so wrong, but it’s beautiful.’

Prince Harry pulled the Budgie Smugglers over his jeans and posed for a photo with smiling Invictus Games contestants and Paralympian Dylan Alcott (right)

Prince Harry pulled the Budgie Smugglers over his jeans and posed for a photo with smiling Invictus Games contestants and Paralympian Dylan Alcott (right)

The royal inspected his gift and gave them a rack before trying them over his clothes

The royal inspected his gift and gave them a rack before trying them over his clothes

Harry posed for a photo and said, ‘With or without the parakeet smugglers? It’s so tempting ‘before you put them on over his jeans.’

Dylan Alcott, a Paralympic gold medalist in wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball, said at the time: “We gave him a present. One of the athletes, Matt [Model], gave him a bunch of parakeet smugglers. And he pulled them on, over his jeans. It looks great.

‘He said, ‘Shall I put them on?’ We said, “One hundred percent.” So he turned them on. Good of him.’

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