Prince Harry drops F-bomb at Rugby World Cup final

The Duke of Sussex congratulated the South African team after they beat England in the Rugby World Cup Final.

As Prince Harry shared a beer and posed for photos with them he said to Lood de Jager: 'F***! You're so tall'.

After the match the duke praised the England team for an "outstanding job" and urged them to hold their heads high after their dreams of Rugby World Cup victory ended in disappointment.

Harry, who joined Japan's Crown Prince Akishino in the stands for the final in Yokohama, said the players should be "incredibly proud" of their achievement, despite their 32-12 loss to South Africa.

"Tonight was not England's night," the duke said, in a message posted on the Sussex Royal Instagram account.

"But the whole nation is incredibly proud of what @EnglandRugby have achieved over the past few months," he added.

"Hold your heads high boys, you did an outstanding job and we couldn't have asked more from you."

Harry also congratulated the Springboks on their win, saying he could not think of a nation "that deserves it more".

"To the whole of South Africa – rugby unites all of us in more ways than we can imagine, and tonight I have no doubt that it will unite all of you," he said.

Before the match, the duke said the tournament had been "incredible" and predicted the final would be a "fantastic game".

In a video shared by the official Rugby World Cup Twitter account, Harry said: "May the best team win. I think the competition is going to finish the way it started, which is spectacularly."

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England fans are dejected following the Rugby World Cup Final at Sale Rugby Club, Sale. (Photo by Ian Hodgson/PA Images via Getty Images)
England fans watch the Rugby World Cup final screening at Old Albanian RFC, The Woollam Playing Fields, St Albans.
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Maro Itoje of England reacts at as Pieter-Steph du Toit of South Africa celebrates at full-time following the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
South Africa's wing Cheslin Kolbe scores a try during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP) (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Makazole Mapimpi of South Africa celebrates with Faf de Klerk and Lukhanyo Am of South Africa after scoring his team's first try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02:Billy Vunipola and Henry Slade of England embrace after defeat in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
England fans watching the Rugby World Cup Final at The Sussex Arms in Twickenham. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
South Africa's scrum-half Faf de Klerk (L) tackles England's wing Anthony Watson during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
Fans of South Africa watch the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa, at International Stadium Yokohama, Japan, at the at the Loftus Park fan zone on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP) (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Manu Tuilangi of England is tackled by Malcom Marx and Franco Mostert of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
South Africa's centre Lukhanyo Am (R) reaches for the ball beside England's scrum-half Ben Youngs during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
Young England fans watch the Rugby World Cup final screening at Harpenden Rugby Club, St Albans. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
England fans watch the Rugby World Cup final screening at Old Albanian RFC, The Woollam Playing Fields, St Albans. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Elliot Daly of England is tackled by Cheslin Kolbe and Frans Steyn of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Elliot Daly of England is tackled by Makazole Mapimpi of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
England's wing Jonny May (top) is tackled by South Africa's hooker Bongi Mbonambi (C) during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Courtney Lawes of England during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
England fans celebrate as Owen Farrell kicks a penalty during the 2019 Rugby World Cup final match at Yokohama Stadium.
Young England fans watch the Rugby World Cup final screening at Harpenden Rugby Club, St Albans.
England fans sport Tom Curry face masks at Crewe and Nantwich RFC, Nantwich.
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Tom Curry of England is congratulated by team mates during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Duane Vermeulen checks on Willie Le Roux of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)
England's players receive medals after losing the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP) (Photo by BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Duane Vermeulen checks on Willie Le Roux of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Owen Farrell of England speaks to referee Jerome Garces during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Former New Zealand captain Richie McCaw transports the Web Ellis Cup to the trophy ceremony following the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa walks past the England team after scoring his team's second try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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He added: "The way they (Japan) have hosted this whole competition has been incredible. I think that the way they respect each other, the way that they've respected the game and the way they've respected the travelling teams has been typically Japanese."

Earlier, Harry warmed up for the final at a training session for would-be Japanese Paralympians – and discovered that one or two of them were rooting for England's opponents.

"Who are you guys supporting tonight?", he asked a group of wheelchair rugby players at Tokyo's new Para Arena for disabled athletes.

Back came a chorus of "England" before Tomoshige Kabetani piped up: "South Africa!"

"I'll have a word later," joked Harry. "You might not get selected for the Paralympics!"

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