LONDON – Prince Harry and his American-born wife, Meghan Markle, stopped into the clubhouses of the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox before the two rivals took the field in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed the teams to London and exchanged handshakes. In the Red Sox clubhouse, Markle hugged outfielder Mookie Betts, who is her distant relative, The Boston Globe reported.
Both teams presented the couple with gifts for their infant son, Archie, who was born May 6. From the Red Sox, they received a team onesie and a small red bat. The Yankees’ main gift was a tiny pinstriped Yankees jersey, with the baby’s name and the number 19 on the back, given to them by manager Aaron Boone.
“You guys have beaten next door’s present, by the way,” Prince Harry told the Yankees.
After their meeting, the couple oversaw the ceremonial first pitches, which were thrown by members of the Invictus Games Foundation, which Prince Harry founded to allow veterans to take part in sports.
In a pregame interview with Fox Sports, Red Sox manager Alex Cora called the royal visit “a great moment for the team” but admitted to a case of the jitters.
“I’ve got to be honest with you: Between the instructions, the ‘be polite and say the right things,’ I was very, very nervous,” Cora said. “I haven’t felt this nervous in a while.”
–Field Level Media