Prince Harry Sent Pic of Son Archie in England Jersey to National Rugby Team before the World Cup Finals

Prince Harry showed his support for England's Rugby Football Union team ahead of their final game against South Africa in the nicest way: he sent them photos of his "little lad" donning an England jersey.

Over the weekend, the Duke of Sussex traveled to Japan to watch the English team compete against South Africa in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final at the International Stadium in Yokohama.

Prince Harry visits the Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds Service at Tedworth House on January 23, 2016 | Photo: GettyImages

Prince Harry visits the Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds Service at Tedworth House on January 23, 2016 | Photo: GettyImages

A nice gesture from the Duke

Ahead of the big game, some of the players talked to the media. When asked if they had received any message of support from the Royal family, flanker Sam Underhill revealed that Harry sent them a few words of encouragement via text.

On top of that, Harry knew precisely how to boost the team: by sending pics of his adorable 6-month-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, donning an England jersey.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their baby son Archie at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 | Photo: GettyImages

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their baby son Archie at the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 | Photo: GettyImages

“As a group, we’ve had a couple of messages,” Underhill told reporters. Adding:

“Prince Harry sent us a nice message of support, which was nice to receive. Showed his little lad in an England shirt, so that was a nice touch.”

“Keep your head high.”

Although the game results were not favorable for the English team—they lost 12 to 32—the Duke made sure to congratulate the boys for their efforts in an emotional Instagram post that read:

“Tonight was not England’s night, but the whole nation is incredibly proud of what @EnglandRugby have achieved over the past few months. Hold your heads high boys, you did an outstanding job, and we couldn’t have asked more from you.”

As per his message to the winning South African team, Harry added:

“Rugby unites all of us in more ways than we can imagine, and tonight I have no doubt that it will unite all of you. After last month’s visit, I can’t think of a nation that deserves it more.”

Sports fan and advocate

The Prince’s visit to Japan comes only a few weeks after he introduced the 2020 Invictus Games UK team at London’s Honourable Artillery Company.

Harry created the Invictus Games in 2014 as an international event where wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women compete in different sports.

According to its official page, the games “harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.”

On his meeting with the newly appointed team, the Duke made sure that all the attention was on them and their incredible stories.

The competition will take place on May 9 -16, 2020, in the Netherlands, and more than 500 competitors from 19 countries are expected to participate.

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