Prince Harry looks totally joyful as he opens the ICC Cricket World Cup with a bunch of children

By Zach Harper

New dad Prince Harry is a big fan of cricket and he also loves spending time with kids, and he got the chance to do both on Thursday (May 30) when he went to the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup in London.

The Duke of Sussex, who became a first-time parent when he and Duchess Meghan welcomed Archie Harrison on May 6, met with kids from the Cricket World Cup youth engagement program who had been chosen as Anthem Children for the competition.

Harry often looks incredibly happy when he’s meeting with kids, and he certainly did on Thursday, grinning at several of the youngsters, who will serve as flag-bearers for teams during their national anthems that are played at the start of games.

The 34-year-old also gave a great speech about the importance of cricket while he officially opened the tournament, which includes teams from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. England and Wales are hosting the competition, and England are the favourites to win.

Harry also helped the Queen welcome the Cricket World Cup team captains at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. Photo: © Steve Bardens/Getty Images

“The first ever Cricket World Cup took place in England in 1975, and I am delighted that the UK will once again play host to this wonderful global event featuring 10 incredible teams, who, thanks to the UK’s diversity, will feel like they are playing to a home crowd at every game,” he said.

“Good luck to all the teams, and thank you to everyone who has played a part in making this tournament happen,” he continued. “Trust me, you won’t want to miss any of it. I am now honoured to declare the men’s World Cup of 2019 open.”

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This is Harry’s second sporting event in the last two weeks. Last Friday (May 24), he travelled to Rome, where he competed in the Sentebale charity polo match with his good friend Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras.

On Wednesday, Harry made an appearance at the Buckingham Palace garden party with his grandmother the Queen and cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

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