Prince Harry got up close and personal with Invictus Games competitor


Prince Harry left one Invictus Games competitor a little shocked when the gregarious royal appeared to tweak his nipple.

Harry is known for his playful nature and when Ashley Coles pulled up his top to show the royal a tattoo on his chest he grabbed at it.

Ashley - from Tadley, Hampshire - suffered a brain injury in a car accident in 2010 which affects the right side of his body and his speech, but is focusing on the games as it keeps him motivated.

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The former Army Rifleman pulled a face of mock horror as the two men shared a laugh following their encounter as the Prince cheered on the UK's seated volleyball team, who were playing a preliminary match against Afghanistan.

As Harry sat in the stands he was heckled by a group of Australians sat in front of him. And replied with a quip of his own that left everyone laughing.

The Australian asked if he wanted to take his jacket and Harry quickly shot back teasing them with: "You need to wear that and hide those little arms of yours."

The Prince watched the preliminary heats of a number of events as he toured the games' sporting venues in Orlando, Florida. The games officially begin tomorrow with a glittering opening ceremony attended by First Lady Michelle Obama and an audience of thousands.

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Team UK captain David Wiseman summed up the Prince's ability to connect with servicemen and women: "He has been knocking around the last couple of days. He has a good, natural affinity with the veterans and service personnel.

"He belongs to that community and he can just rock up and whoever you are can stand there having a chat with the competitors - it's natural, it's genuine."

Harry was spotted later driving a golf buggy used to transport competitors and spectators around the Invictus sporting complex.

He looked at ease at the controls of the electric car as he arrived at a 4×4 obstacle course that challenged drivers and their co-drivers to get round penalty free.