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Prince Harry cheers struggling Aussies

Press AssociationPress Association 12/05/2016

Prince Harry has joined Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe in a chant of "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie" as they watched Australia's wheelchair rugby team get annihilated in Florida.

Before the combative bronze medal match with the UK kicked off, Thorpe - who sat a few seats away from Harry - shared a laugh with the prince.

The five-time gold medal winner is Australia's ambassador for the second Invictus Games for war-injured servicemen and women.

He watched keenly as the UK dominated the first half with the players making some big hits while the Aussies struggled to keep up with the speed and manoeuvrability of their opponents, who were ahead 23-3 at the midway point.

When things continued in a similar vein in the second half, Thorpe launched into a chant of "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie" - which Harry and a few of those sat around him joined in with to lift the spirits of the Australian team.

But the UK scored another 23 points in the second half to take their final tally to 46.

Australia got just one second half goal which was cheered by the crowds as if they had won the match.

When the final whistle went the teams embraced each other on the indoor pitch, and Harry was spotted filming the moment on a smartphone.

Before the game the compere played the "salute cam" game where a roving camera zooms in on spectators who have to stand up and give a salute.

Harry pointed to a man in military uniform next to him, and when he appeared reluctant to stand up the Prince gave a salute as did some of those around him.

He also joined a Mexican wave that went around the arena filled with around 2,000 shouting and clapping fans at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

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