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Prince Harry, Meghan Give London Baseball a Royal Launch

Jun 29, 2019, 4:13 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 5:04 pm
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo with the New York Yankees before their game against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
(Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

LONDON (AP) — Major league baseball’s first game in Europe received a royal launch.

Prince Harry and wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, took part in the ceremonial first pitch before the New York Yankees played the Boston Red Sox. The couple left month-old son Archie home as Meghan made one of her few public appearances since giving birth.

They strolled to the mound at London Stadium along with 10 participants in the Invictus Games, an international project started by Harry to give wounded military men and women a chance to compete.

Harry did not address the crowd — or risk throwing the first pitch and having it land in the dirt. He instead ceded honors to Invictus veterans, who performed credibly.

Meghan wore a simple black dress and skipped the spiky heels she sometimes favors for her walk on the infield dirt (brought from the U.S.) and artificial turf (from France.) Harry wore black slacks and a matching shirt.

They chatted with pitchers CC Sabathia of the Yankees and Chris Sale of the Red Sox during the ceremony.

Harry has played polo in public many times and flown a helicopter with British forces in Afghanistan. He has also hiked in the Arctic with wounded veterans. But Saturday marked his first public appearance at a major league baseball game.

The couple plan to resume a full-scale royal schedule in about four months with a trip to South Africa that will mark Archie’s debut on the international stage. Harry will continue on his own to other African countries. The date and itinerary have not been set.

Harry and brother Prince William have taken increasingly visible public roles in recent years as their grandmother, 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, eases her schedule and refrains from long flights.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive to the  Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees baseball game at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the Boston Red Sox before their game against the New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the Boston Red Sox before their game against the New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the Boston Red Sox before their game against the New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the Boston Red Sox before their game against the New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex receive gifts as they meet members of the Boston Red Sox before their game against the New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the Boston Red Sox before their game against the New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a group photo with the Boston Red Sox before a game against the New York Yankees at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Manager Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees presents a gift for Archie to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex before their game against the  Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Manager Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees presents a gift for Archie to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex before their game against the  Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Manager Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees presents a gift for Archie to Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex before their game against the  Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo with the New York Yankees before their game against the  Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a photo with the New York Yankees before their game against the  Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Manager Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees presents a gift for Archie to  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex before their game against the  Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:   Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex with a gift from the New York Yankees before their game against the  Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees baseball game at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees baseball game at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose with members of the Invictus Games Foundation and baseball players before the  Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees baseball game at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the  Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees baseball game at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the  Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees baseball game at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the  Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees baseball game at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. The game is in support of the Invictus Games Foundation. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the MLB London Series game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium on June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
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Prince Harry, Meghan Give London Baseball a Royal Launch