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Prince Harry has opened the Cricket World Cup as England took on South Africa at the Oval.

The Duke of Sussex also met school pupils who had been selected as “anthem children” from the tournament’s youth engagement programme.

No sooner had he opened the event with “you won’t want to miss any of it”, than England had lost a wicket in just the second ball of the match.

The Duke of Sussex opened the Cricket World Cup
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The Duke of Sussex opened the Cricket World Cup

Jonny Bairstow was sent walking back to join the Duke of Sussex in the pavilion after being bowled out for a “golden duck”, meaning he was dismissed by the first ball he faced.

The team recovered and went on to scored 311 runs in eight overs on the back of two century partnerships, with South Africa now batting in south London.

Among those in the crowd was Prime Minister Theresa May.

England went into the tournament on the back of outstanding form from the last four years, including a 4-0 defeat of Pakistan in a one-day international series this month.

The home side are favourites to win their first World Cup title.

South Africa were also impressive in their most recent one-day international series, a 5-0 rout of Sri Lanka at home in March.

Theresa May has also attended the match in south London
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Theresa May has also attended the match in south London

Prince Harry was at the Oval event days before Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK.

The Duke of Sussex will be at the private palace lunch held on the first day of Mr Trump’s visit.

His wife Meghan, who was highly critical of Mr Trump before his 2016 election win, is on maternity leave and will not attend.

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