Prince Harry loses penalty shoot out while in Germany
Prince Harry experienced some football heartache as he went head-to-head in a penalty shoot out with a German official.
The Duke of Sussex is in Germany for this year's edition of the Invictus Games, the successful multi-sport event he created for wounded, injured and sick military personnel both serving and veterans.
After he officially launched on September 9 in Düsseldorf the 2023 edition of the paralympic-style competition, he headed to the studio of the late-night football show Das Aktuelle Sportstudio.
Broadcast by the German channel ZDF, the German version of Match of the Day included an interview with Prince Harry, whose appearance served to promote his international initiative spotlighting veterans and service people.
But it also saw the Duke of Sussex facing a goal wall challenge alongside Germany's Defence Minister Boris Pistorius and two other guests.
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Prince Harry is in Germany for the Invictus Games (Image: Das Aktuelle Sportstudio/ZDF)
Taking part in the penalty shoot out in good spirits, King Charles's second son asked what would happen if he didn't score, to which TV presenter Sven Voss said: "You have to wear a German jersey."
The Duke was invited to go first "because you are Prince Harry", as noted by the show's host Katrin Müller-Hohenstein.
All smiles, Harry made his attempts while being encouraged by the cheerful public who clapped their hands with anticipation.
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Prince Harry took part in a penalty shoot out (Image: Das Aktuelle Sportstudio/ZDF)
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But despite his known love for football, the California-based royal failed to hit the targets in the make-shift goal three times in a row.
Left slightly red-faced, the royal placed another ball on the penalty spot before leaving the centre stage to Mr Pistorius.
As he had the football he had used in his hands, he asked the minister which one he preferred to use.
Pointing at the one he had used and failed to score with, the Duke then joked: "This one is rubbish".
To add insult to injury, Mr Pistorius effortlessly placed his football in the bottom right corner of the goal twice.
The Duke is set to remain in Germany for the rest of the week, with the Games coming to a close on September 16.
His wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, missed the opening ceremony but is expected to join the royal on September 11.