Prince Harry opens Cricket World Cup at The Oval

Prince Harry has opened the Cricket World Cup at the Oval in London.

The Duke of Sussex took to the pitch to launch the tournament and predicted ‘World Cup fever’ would sweep the Commonwealth over the coming weeks.

With the exception of Afghanistan, the other nine nations taking part in the World Cup are all Commonwealth nations: India, West Indies, Bangladesh, Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand and England.

Before the match, Harry met school kids aged 8-12 years old who have been selected as Anthem Children from the Cricket World Cup youth engagement programme.

The Duke then took his seat in the stands to watch the home side take on South Africa.

But just minutes into the tie England – who are favourites to win the tournament – suffered an early blow when they lost a wicket in the second ball.

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