Prince Harry Plays Table Tennis and Duchess Meghan Paints With Children At he Invictus Games
Photo: Chris Allerton

With the Invictus Games reaching its halfway point in the Netherlands on Tuesday, Prince Harry has been busy cheering on competitors—and taking them on too.

After watching the wheelchair rugby teams from the United Kingdom and United States take each other on (and joining both countries for supportive chats), the Duke of Sussex moved on to surprise athletes at a pop-up table tennis event on the grounds of The Hague’s Zuiderpark, where the games are taking place.

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Prince Harry Plays Table Tennis and Duchess Meghan Paints With Children At he Invictus Games
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Prince Harry Plays Table Tennis and Duchess Meghan Paints With Children At he Invictus Games
Photo: Getty

Although table tennis isn’t on the official list of events this year, the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 in Germany has included the competitive sport in its lineup. To mark its inclusion, Harry agreed to buddy up with 2021 Tokyo Paralympics silver medalist Thomas Schmidberger for a round of doubles.

“There’s no way I can keep up with you guys!” Harry laughed as they took on Paralympic gold medalist Valentin Baus and two-time competitor Sandra Mikolaschek. “This is harder than it looks!”

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Later in the evening, Harry joined Team Australia supporters to cheer on competitors in the swimming finals. He was joined by former British Army officer and close friend David Wiseman, who is also the director of grants and programs at the Invictus Games Foundation.

“When Prince Harry is around veterans, when he’s around other service personnel, he really comes alive, and that’s entirely down to his own background: 10 years of service, two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He’s one of us,” Wiseman shared in a chat on Monday.

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April 19 was also a day that saw Team Ukraine add more medals to their growing collection. Dmytro Afanasyev, Vasyl Stuzhenko, and Serhiy Kalytiuk won silver in archery; Anna-Sofia Puzanova won bronze in women’s archery; and Oleksiy Bobchynets also won a bronze medal in the 1,500-meter sprint.

Earlier in the week, the Duchess of Sussex showed her support for Ukraine during a family event at the U.K. Embassy tent for the Royal British Legion on the grounds of the Invictus Games. Sitting with children of British competitors, the duchess painted the Ukrainian flag with the word peace written across it.

British Army veteran James Stride, who read to the children from the book Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, later shared that Meghan was “chatty. … She said she wanted to be with children as she was missing her own.”

New photos released by the couple’s Archewell team today showed Meghan playing with two-year-old Harrison, whose mom, Sherry McBain, is competing for Team U.K. in the archery and sitting volleyball events.

Prince Harry Plays Table Tennis and Duchess Meghan Paints With Children At he Invictus Games
Photo: Chris Allerton
Prince Harry Plays Table Tennis and Duchess Meghan Paints With Children At he Invictus Games
Photo: Chris Allerton
Prince Harry Plays Table Tennis and Duchess Meghan Paints With Children At he Invictus Games
Photo: Chris Allerton

“[Meghan] was like ‘Harrison, that’s Archie’s middle name’, and [my wife] Mandy was like ‘Yeah, I know,'” McBain later revealed to Press Association. “They were just having a chat because Harry and Meghan couldn’t decide between Archie and Harrison for the first name.”

Tomorrow sees the Invictus Games continue with Harry scheduled to attend a number of sporting events throughout the day, including indoor rowing and more wheelchair rugby.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.