Golf might not seem like the most riveting of spectator sports to some – but Prince Harry more than proved them wrong on Tuesday, putting on an incredibly enthusiastic display while watching a Team USA member taking part in the Invictus Games tournament.
Harry, 33, was seen yelling and clapping in support of Mike Nicholson, who was taking part in the men’s golfing final, happily cheering the retired Marine Corps Sargent on at St. George’s Golf Club in Toronto.
It seemed as though the sporting tension, combined with the bright sunshine, may have become a bit much for the royal, who was seen removing his sunglasses to wipe the sweat away from his face at one point during the competition.
Too much excitement? Prince Harry was seen wiping the sweat out of his eyes while watching the men’s golfing final at the Invictus Games in Toronto on Tuesday
Tension: The 33-year-old royal, who wore a black Invictus Games polo shirt and dark davy trousers, removed his sunglasses in order to wipe his forehead and his eyes
A rollercoaster of emotion: Harry was seen enthusiastically cheering on Team USA player Mike Nicholson as he teed off from the 16th hole at St. George’s Golf Club in Toronto
Number one fan! The prince had a huge grin on his face while yelling and clapping for the retired Marine Corps Sargent as he took part in the final of the men’s golf tournament
The royal, who was wearing a black Invictus Games polo shirt, dark navy jeans, grey Adidas tennis shoes, and a pair of sunglasses, didn’t allow his momentary break in concentration to take away from his enthusiasm as a spectator, however.
After Nicholson – a retired Marine Corps Sargent – had finished his shot, Harry was seen congratulating him on his performance, crouching down on the green to speak with him and another player, before shaking Nicholson’s hand.
Things are getting heated: Temperatures in Toronto are said to have reached the mid-80s (29C) on Tuesday, which could have accounted for Harry’s slightly sweaty brow
Overwhelmed? He may also have felt the tension of the game was just too much to handle
More to come! Nicholson will also be competing in several athletics events for Team USA, giving Harry plenty more opportunities to watch him in action
Congratulations! Harry was seen speaking with Nicholson after watching him play, happily shaking his hand after what was reportedly an impressive performance from the athlete
Going through the plays? At one point, Harry crouched down on the green to chat with Nicholson and one of his fellow Team USA players
Carefree: Harry looked happy and relaxed, having conquered the much-anticipated milestone of his first public appearance with girlfriend Meghan Markle the day before
Earlier in the day, the royal gave pep talks to athletes behind the scenes at the competition’s cycling event, telling them they were ‘tougher than him’ for completing the grueling course in the Toronto heat.
The prince was completely in his element hugging the athletes, posing for selfies and shaking hands.
Modestly waving away shouted ‘thank yous’ from the crowd for launching the Paralympic-style competition for injured servicemen and women, he told cyclists: ‘You’re all amazing. This is what it’s all about.
‘The atmosphere has been incredible all week. For me, it’s always going to be about the atmosphere. Everyone’s really excited, they’re all here for you.
Sweating heavily, he also told the competitors that he was in awe of their stamina in the 80-degree (27C) heat.
‘Four miles, up and down,’ he told one. ‘I just couldn’t deal with it.’