A princely peck! Harry kisses Team USA wheelchair rugby player on the head after Americans beat Britain at Invictus Games final

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  • Duke of Sussex had a front row seat during wheelchair rugby final in Dusseldorf 
  • He planted a kiss on Davey Martinez’s bald head during the medal ceremony 

Prince Harry smooched Team USA’s Davey Martinez on the head tonight as he presented the team with their gold medals after they beat Team UK in the Invictus Games wheelchair rugby final.

Harry had a front row seat next to Royal Marine veteran Mark Ormrod whom the prince has previously described the triple amputee as Britain’s answer to Superman. The Duke of Sussex showed his excitement as he clapped and cheered along with the noisy crowd.

The final took place in a raucous atmosphere at the Merkur-Spiel arena in Düsseldorf, Germany as both sets of fans cheered on the competitors.

The Duke of Sussex joined in with the applause as Team USA won 21-13 to take home the gold medal. 

Harry could be seen laughing and joking with Team USA players as he draped the gold medals around their necks. 

Prince Harry kisses Team USA's Davey Martinez on the head as he presents the team with gold medals following their win over Team UK

Prince Harry kisses Team USA’s Davey Martinez on the head as he presents the team with gold medals following their win over Team UK

Harry presents Team USA with their gold medals after watching their final triumph. He joined in with the applause at the Merkur-Spiel arena

Harry presents Team USA with their gold medals after watching their final triumph. He joined in with the applause at the Merkur-Spiel arena 

At one point he placed his hands on the side of Master Sergeant Davey Martinez’s face before planting a kiss on the wheelchair rugby player’s bald head. 

A large number of UK supporters waved flags and attempted to shout down their rivals who waved the stars and stripes flag.

A wheelchair-bound USA supporter sitting in front of Harry became so enthusiastic she removed her prosthetic leg and waved it in the air. 

Harry tapped his leg to the music each time a try was scored.

A fan dressed in army green and wearing a plastic helmet stood in front of Harry and saluted him.

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Harry has been a huge supporter of the UK team since arriving in Dusseldorf and has made time to talk with as many of the competitors as he could, often posing for selfies.

But he is also likely to have some loyalty to the US team as America is now his adopted country having lived in California since quitting royal life.

An aide to Harry said he had been cheering both sides in the final.

‘He is an equal opportunist,’ said the aide.

The final of the wheelchair rugby is one of Harry’s favourite sports at the Invictus Games – and also one of the few where competitors come into contact.

It is considered one of the toughest sports in the world.

Although physical body contact is not permitted, it is legal for the athletes to use their wheelchairs to block opponents with collisions often taking place.

Players compete in teams of four with the game using a special volleyball.

The aim is for players to carry the ball on their laps across the opposing team’s eight-metre goal line.

Anthony Smith of Team United States is congratulated by the Duke of Sussex at the Mixed Team Wheelchair Rugby Medal Ceremony

Anthony Smith of Team United States is congratulated by the Duke of Sussex at the Mixed Team Wheelchair Rugby Medal Ceremony

Harry looks down at one of the gold medal while grasping the yellow ribbon in his hand before draping it round the necks of the victorious Team USA wheelchair rugby players

Harry looks down at one of the gold medal while grasping the yellow ribbon in his hand before draping it round the necks of the victorious Team USA wheelchair rugby players

Team Australia wheelchair rugby fans are all smiles with Harry. Team Australia were beaten by Team USA in the semi-finals, but won against France 20-17 in the bronze medal game

Team Australia wheelchair rugby fans are all smiles with Harry. Team Australia were beaten by Team USA in the semi-finals, but won against France 20-17 in the bronze medal game

He happily poses with Team UK fans. The final of the wheelchair rugby is one of Harry’s favourite sports at the Invictus Games

He happily poses with Team UK fans. The final of the wheelchair rugby is one of Harry’s favourite sports at the Invictus Games

Harry could be seen laughing and joking with triple amputee and Royal Marines veteran Mark Ormrod during the game which Team USA eventually won 21-13 to take home the gold medal

Harry could be seen laughing and joking with triple amputee and Royal Marines veteran Mark Ormrod during the game which Team USA eventually won 21-13 to take home the gold medal 

Prince Harry had a front row seat for the wheelchair rugby final between Team USA and Team UK at the Invictus Games. He chats to a fan draped in a Union Flag

Prince Harry had a front row seat for the wheelchair rugby final between Team USA and Team UK at the Invictus Games. He chats to a fan draped in a Union Flag 

The Duke of Sussex showed his excitement as he clapped and cheered along with the noisy crowd

The Duke of Sussex showed his excitement as he clapped and cheered along with the noisy crowd

The final took place among a raucous atmosphere at the Merkur-Spiel arena as both sets of fans cheered on the competitors

The final took place among a raucous atmosphere at the Merkur-Spiel arena as both sets of fans cheered on the competitors

Harry smiles and poses with two youngsters during the final. A large number of UK supporters waved flags and attempted to shout down their rivals who waved the stars and stripes flag

Harry smiles and poses with two youngsters during the final. A large number of UK supporters waved flags and attempted to shout down their rivals who waved the stars and stripes flag

Another UK fan takes a selfie while a friend sits next to a smiling Harry while holding their pet pooch

Another UK fan takes a selfie while a friend sits next to a smiling Harry while holding their pet pooch 

The Duke was all too happy to chat with other spectators as he gives one little by a high-five

The Duke was all too happy to chat with other spectators as he gives one little by a high-five

Harry looks behind him as a man wearing a red t-shirt, red and white stripy socks, baseball cap and sunglasses stands and waves the American flag

Harry looks behind him as a man wearing a red t-shirt, red and white stripy socks, baseball cap and sunglasses stands and waves the American flag 

Team USA and Team UK battle it out for the gold medal during the final of the wheelchair rugby at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf

Team USA and Team UK battle it out for the gold medal during the final of the wheelchair rugby at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf

Harry has been a huge supporter of the UK team since arriving in Dusseldorf and has made time to talk with as many of the competitors as he could, often posing for selfies

Harry has been a huge supporter of the UK team since arriving in Dusseldorf and has made time to talk with as many of the competitors as he could, often posing for selfies

Harry is an avid rugby fan and while patron of the Rugby Football Union attended most of England’s home matches at Twickenham.

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But he was stripped of the role which was given to his sister-in-law and Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, when he lost all his honorary titles during Megxit.

Harry arrived for the opening ceremony of his Invictus Games in Germany on Saturday where he received a mixed reaction. 

An excited crowd of royal fans eagerly awaited the arrival of Prince Harry at the ceremony being held in Dusseldorf Town Hall. He was joined by Stephen Keller, Mayor of Dusseldorf.

A small group of demonstrators shouted out anti-military slogans but as soon as Harry’s car pulled into the market square in front of the town hall they were drowned out by cheers from his fans. 

Over 500 people stood in the blazing sunshine as they stood behind barriers hoping the Prince would go on a walkabout and greet them. They shouted his name as he walked in a lightweight blue suit, white shirt and silver tie.

Earlier today the Duke of Sussex left two young boys delighted after giving them each a high-five while he was being escorted by bodyguards.

He was being walked alongside a grandstand by his security team including ex-US presidential bodyguard Chris Sanchez and ex-Metropolitan Police officer Dave Langdown when the two boys held out their hands for a high-five.

After Harry happily obliged, the children – one of whom was draped in a Union Jack – jumped up and down in excitement with one raising his fist in celebration.

An aide to Harry said he had been cheering both sides in the final. ‘He is an equal opportunist,' said the aide

An aide to Harry said he had been cheering both sides in the final. ‘He is an equal opportunist,’ said the aide

A wheelchair-bound USA supporter became so enthusiastic she removed her prosthetic leg and waved it in the air

A wheelchair-bound USA supporter became so enthusiastic she removed her prosthetic leg and waved it in the air

Harry embraces a Team UK fan while people in the crowd look on. In 2014, the Duke joined celebrities and musicians in a special wheelchair rugby match at the Invictus Games

Harry embraces a Team UK fan while people in the crowd look on. In 2014, the Duke joined celebrities and musicians in a special wheelchair rugby match at the Invictus Games

The Duke of Sussex could be seen cupping his hands to his mouth and cheering with the crowd

The Duke of Sussex could be seen cupping his hands to his mouth and cheering with the crowd

Prince Harry greets Denmark's Kasper Holm Henriksen at the track and field event today

Prince Harry greets Denmark’s Kasper Holm Henriksen at the track and field event today

The Duke of Sussex meets competitors as he attends the track and field event

The Duke of Sussex meets competitors as he attends the track and field event

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex meets competitor Wali Noori at the Invictus Games

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex meets competitor Wali Noori at the Invictus Games

Prince Harry with Ukrainian Minister of Veteran Affairs Yulia Laputina in Dusseldorf today

Prince Harry with Ukrainian Minister of Veteran Affairs Yulia Laputina in Dusseldorf today

The Duke has been given a hero’s welcome by those attending the latest iteration of the competition he founded for wounded and disabled military veterans.

Harry has said he plans to attend as many events as he can during the week-long competition. 

Meghan Markle is expected to meet some of the children attending the event when she arrives at the games later this week. 

The Duke founded the games in 2014 to aid the rehabilitation of military personnel by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events similar to the Paralympics. 

This year’s competition will run until September 16.

A total of 550 sick, wounded and injured former and current military personnel from 21 countries are taking part in ten team and individual sports.




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