Invictus Games athletes who gave Prince Harry a pair of cheeky swim trunks say they’ve gone up in size in case he has a ‘daddy bod’
The Australian team rated the swimming trunks they gave Prince Harry as a prank at the Invictus Games.
They told Insider that they joked with Harry that he might have a “daddy body” since the last time they saw him.
Harry, who received a smaller pair at the 2018 Games, had a witty response to the larger briefs.
Athletes who gave the Duke of Sussex a pair of swim trunks at the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, have exclusively revealed why he finds their cheeky gift so hilarious.
Members of Team Australia tell Insider the Speedo-style briefs they gave Prince Harry were sized in case he developed a ‘daddy bod’ since the last time they gave him a pair. .
They said the green and yellow briefs were a bit larger than those Harry received – and modeled on his trousers on live TV – at the last Invictus Games in Australia. The international sporting event took place in Sydney in October 2018, six months before Harry’s wife Meghan Markle gave birth to their first child Archie, now 2. The couple also have a 10-month-old daughter, Lilibet.
The Australian team gave Harry the second set of briefs at a reception for this year’s games in The Hague on April 8.
The celebration honored injured service members and veterans participating in the spring competition which had been postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event included wheelchair basketball, cycling, hand archery and sitting volleyball. The Duke, who served in the British Armed Forces for a decade, founded the games in 2014.
Australian athletes at the Invictus Games shared the moment they gave Prince Harry the cheeky briefs
Team Australia posted photos of the encounter on their Aussie InvictusTwitter Account. The caption read: “Now that the Duke of Sussex lives in California, Team Australia has seen fit to continue the tradition of providing the Duke with stunning new budgie smugglers.”
Now that the Duke of Sussex is living in California, the Australian team felt it was fitting to continue the tradition of gifting the Duke some stunning new budgie smugglers. #InvictusGames#IG22 @InvictusGamesNL pic.twitter.com/yKNoRNDGc0
— Aussie Invictus (@aussieinvictus) April 15, 2022
The 37-year-old prince and his family moved to the US in March 2020 after stepping down from official royal duties in the UK. Since parting ways with royal life for good in February 2021, Harry and Markle have continued to settle down and work with charitable causes through their nonprofit Archewell Foundation.
Harry had a witty response to ‘budgie smugglers’
Indoor rower Matt Model, of Team Australia, told Insider how Harry was mistaken when handed the briefs, often dubbed “budgie smugglers” in Australia and the UK because of their snug fit usual. They were adorned on the back with the slogan: “I Am Team Aus”.
The duke held on to stretch the belt as if to check that it was the right size for him.
“When he noticed they were bigger, we made a joke that we weren’t sure if he had ‘the daddy bod’ or not,” Model said.
His teammate, Damien Irish, told Insider he joked with Harry: “It’s been four years since Sydney, and we’ve all put on a few pounds here and there during COVID, so the dad bod thing would apply.”
According to Irish, the royal gave a witty retort.
“He pointed out that I probably went up a size too,” the athlete said, adding that the prince “took it with good humor and giggled and giggled.”
Model told Insider it was her idea to give Harry the first set of memoirs while the royal appeared in a 2018 interview with ABC TV Australia. As US Weekly reported at the time, Harry thrilled viewers by trying on the slip over his pants.
Athletes hope to carry on the tradition
Model, who won two gold medals in indoor rowing at this month’s Invictus Games, was keen to repeat the stunt.
“In 2018 he took it really well and put them over his jeans for a photo,” the athlete said. “It highlighted the need and the request to give him an updated pair.”
Model and Irish told Insider they hope their tradition will be observed by Team Australia at the Invictus Games in the future. The next tournament will take place in 2023 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
“Me and Matt won’t be there,” Irish said, reluctantly passing up the chance to give Harry his third pair of briefs. But, he added: “We feel the need to pass the torch to future competitors to carry on this tradition.”
Representatives for Prince Harry did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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