Don't give up the day job, Harry! Duke of Sussex fails score a single point in football challenge on Germany's version of Match of the Day – as he's beaten by country's 63-year-defence minister and forced to wear a local club's scarf as forfeit

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  • Prince Harry flew to German show by private helicopter from the Invictus Games

A humiliated Prince Harry was forced to wear a German scarf on national television after failing to score a single point on the country’s version of Match of the Day – where he failed to score a single point.

The beleaguered royal missed six attempts to be beaten by the country’s 63-year-old Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius – who only needed his first kick to beat the prince as he neatly netted two goals in a row.

As a forfeit if he got no points Harry was jokingly threatened with having to wear a German jersey – but the hosts settled for the local club FSV Mainz’s scarf when one couldn’t be found.

Harry – who is reported to be an Arsenal fan – may risk leaving a bitter taste in the mouth for fellow Gunners after the team was knocked out of the Champions League by fellow Bundesliga team Bayern Munich in their last competition appearance.

It comes after the Duke of Sussex flew by private helicopter from the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games to be a guest on the late-night TV show to help promote the Invictus Games.

As a forfeit if he got no points Harry was jokingly threatened with having to wear a German jersey - but the hosts settled for the local club FSV Mainz's scarf when one couldn't be found. Pictured: Pictured: Harry in scarf and Invictus Games athlete Angelo Anderson (right)

As a forfeit if he got no points Harry was jokingly threatened with having to wear a German jersey – but the hosts settled for the local club FSV Mainz’s scarf when one couldn’t be found. Pictured: Pictured: Harry in scarf and Invictus Games athlete Angelo Anderson (right)

Joking to people stood to the side of the goal before taking his first shot, he said: 'You might want to move!'

Joking to people stood to the side of the goal before taking his first shot, he said: ‘You might want to move!’

To score a point, they had to accurately kick the ball through the target - in a game familiar to fair-ground-goers across the country

To score a point, they had to accurately kick the ball through the target – in a game familiar to fair-ground-goers across the country

Harry missed six attempts to be beaten by the country's 63-year-old Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius (left)

Harry missed six attempts to be beaten by the country’s 63-year-old Minister of Defence Boris Pistorius (left)

The Duke of Sussex flew by private helicopter from the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games to be a guest on the late-night TV show to help promote the Invictus Games

 The Duke of Sussex flew by private helicopter from the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games to be a guest on the late-night TV show to help promote the Invictus Games

He launched the bi-annual games on his own in Dusseldorf, Germany, as his wife Meghan remained home in California with their two young children.

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She is expected to join him later in the week and take part in the closing ceremony at the Merkur- Spiel Arena.

Singer Rita Ora will perform at the closing event where both Harry and Meghan will give speeches.

The show saw players having to score through small openings in opposing corners of a football goal.

To score a point, they had to accurately kick the ball through the target – in a game familiar to fair-ground-goers across the country. 

Cheekily asking: ‘What happens for zero?’ – the crowd applauded as presenter Sven Voss replied: ‘You have to wear a German jersey!’

Despite the rest of the cast speaking German, Harry continued in his native tongue – in sharp contrast to his father King Charles, who was praised in March when he delivered a speech partly in German when he visited Berlin as a part of his first state visit as a monarch. 

The game started off poorly for the California-based royal as he stepped up first – dancing as the crowd clapped.

Joking to people stood to the side of the goal before taking his first shot, he said: ‘You might want to move!’

In his second set of attempts (pictured) the Prince also failed to get any points - although two tantalising misses brought him close to glory with shots into the top corner

In his second set of attempts (pictured) the Prince also failed to get any points – although two tantalising misses brought him close to glory with shots into the top corner

The Prince failed to score any points despite having six attempts - while Mr Pistorius scored two with his first two kicks

The Prince failed to score any points despite having six attempts – while Mr Pistorius scored two with his first two kicks

Despite the rest of the cast speaking German, Harry continued in his native tongue - in sharp contrast to his father King Charles

Despite the rest of the cast speaking German, Harry continued in his native tongue – in sharp contrast to his father King Charles

A year ago, when Harry and Meghan visited the city they were mobbed by enthusiastic fans who took selfies with the couple

A year ago, when Harry and Meghan visited the city they were mobbed by enthusiastic fans who took selfies with the couple

But his first shot went straight down the middle – bouncing right back to him.

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His third shot hit closer to the bottom right target – rebounding past Harry as he humbly made way for Mr Pistorius – and he laughed ‘This one’s rubbish!’ as he offered the politician a choice of footballs.

And his second set of attempts went no better, as the ball went just inches to the left, and miles from either of the targets. 

The crowd was sent into rapturous cheers as the lawyer quickly fired two balls into the target with his first two shots – notching up two points on the Prince.

In his second attempt the Prince also failed to get any points – although two tantalising misses brought him close to glory with shots into the top corner.

Angelo Anderson and Jens Niemeyer – competitors in the Invictus Games – also failed to net any points.

Triumphant host Mr Voss said: ‘No goals for Prince Harry.

‘We don’t have a German jersey.’

Opening the ceremony, the Duke of Sussex ribbed a famous speech by John F Kennedy, who once told an audience in West Berlin in 1963, 'Ich bin ein Berliner' [I am Berliner]. In jest, the prince told the amused assembly in Dusseldorf: 'Ich bin ein Dusseldorfer'

Opening the ceremony, the Duke of Sussex ribbed a famous speech by John F Kennedy, who once told an audience in West Berlin in 1963, ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ [I am Berliner]. In jest, the prince told the amused assembly in Dusseldorf: ‘Ich bin ein Dusseldorfer’

Harry, wearing a grey suit and open neck shirt, had walked out on to the stage at the Merkur Spiel arena to huge cheers from the crowd

Harry, wearing a grey suit and open neck shirt, had walked out on to the stage at the Merkur Spiel arena to huge cheers from the crowd

Prince Harry also met with British competitors at Invictus Games in Germany earlier today

Prince Harry also met with British competitors at Invictus Games in Germany earlier today

Taking a scarf from a member of the audience, he instead draped that around the royal’s neck.

He added: ‘Prince Harry, this is the local club in the Bundesliga, Mainz. That looks brilliant!’

A year ago, when Harry and Meghan visited the city they were mobbed by enthusiastic fans who took selfies with the couple.

The adulation was before the publication of his controversial autobiography ’Spare’ where he took swipes at other members of the Royal family.

The launch of a documentary series called ‘Heart of Invictus’ which was filmed during last year’s games in The Hague, Netherlands, also contained barbed comments at his family.

Harry claimed he lacked any support for his mental health issues stemming from his time in Afghanistan and the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

England has a long-running rivalry with Germany – with the football nation knocking us out of four World Cups in the 50 years of hurt since 1966.

And in that golden year, it was West Germany that England beat in the final to become champions of the world.

Prince Harry was all smiles as he arrived for the opening ceremony of his Invictus Games in Germany yesterday – and a mix of royal fans and angry protestors gathered.

Harry pictured walking into the reception with Stephen Keller, Mayor of Dusseldorf

Harry pictured walking into the reception with Stephen Keller, Mayor of Dusseldorf

20-year-old Madeleine Durant (left) drove two hours from her home in Dortmund to see Harry

20-year-old Madeleine Durant (left) drove two hours from her home in Dortmund to see Harry

An excited crowed 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.

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.

Representatives from the 21 nations competing in the Invictus Games waited inside the town hall for his arrival.

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.

Opening the ceremony, the Duke of Sussex ribbed a famous speech by John F Kennedy, who once told an audience in West Berlin in 1963, ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ [I am Berliner].

In jest, the prince told the amused assembly in Dusseldorf: ‘Ich bin ein Dusseldorfer.’

Harry, wearing a grey suit and open neck shirt, had walked out on to the stage at the Merkur Spiel arena to huge cheers from the crowd. 




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