Prince Harry and Meghan meet Yankees, Red Sox as MLB debuts in London

ABOVE: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined fans at London Stadium on Saturday for the first ever Major League Baseball game to be held in the UK.

LONDON  — 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.


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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 honours to Invictus veterans, who performed credibly.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a picture with players of the Boston Red Sox before a match against the New York Yankees in London, Britain June 29, 2019.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a picture with players of the Boston Red Sox before a match against the New York Yankees in London, Britain June 29, 2019.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet players of the Boston Red Sox before a match against the New York Yankees in London, Britain June 29, 2019.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet players of the Boston Red Sox before a match against the New York Yankees in London, Britain June 29, 2019.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex receive a present for baby Archie as they meet players of the New York Yankees before a match against the Boston Red Sox in London, Britain June 29, 2019.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex receive a present for baby Archie as they meet players of the New York Yankees before a match against the Boston Red Sox in London, Britain June 29, 2019.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex receive presents for baby Archie as they meet players of the Boston Red Sox before a match against the New York Yankees in London, Britain June 29, 2019.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex receive presents for baby Archie as they meet players of the Boston Red Sox before a match against the New York Yankees in London, Britain June 29, 2019.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees match in London, Britain June 29, 2019.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees match in London, Britain June 29, 2019.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a picture with players of the New York Yankees before a match against the Boston Red Sox in London, Britain June 29, 2019.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pose for a picture with players of the New York Yankees before a match against the Boston Red Sox in London, Britain June 29, 2019.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, before game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at London Stadium.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, before game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at London Stadium.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, watch the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees  at London Stadium.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, watch the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at London Stadium.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Yankees-Red Sox game in London.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Yankees-Red Sox game in London.

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Meghan wore a simple black dress and skipped the spiky heels she sometimes favours 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.


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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.

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