It was a day at the ballgame for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as the royal couple met with players from the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox over the weekend. Nope, they didn’t have to travel across the pond for the occasion — the American teams were in London to play a two-game series in the UK, a first in MLB history.
Meghan and Harry spent time with the Red Sox in their temporary clubhouse, and the Duchess of Sussex even got a hug from a family member — All-Star Mookie Betts, who is believed to be distantly related! The Boston Globe traced their families to a town in Alabama.
So I wrote this story — https://t.co/y2pdVa9DtD — a year ago about Mookie Betts being distantly related to Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 29, 2019
They met today and Mookie told her about the story. Then they hugged.
What a thing. pic.twitter.com/I1L7UqNYwr
“I was getting phone calls and texts from everybody back home," Betts told USA Today. “They were saying, 'I can’t believe you got to share the same oxygen.' It was amazing to be able to meet them, and hopefully I get to meet them again in the future.’
While the Red Sox gave Archie a onesie and a baby-sized bat, the Yankees gifted the 2-month-old with a custom jersey featuring his name and the number 19, his birth year.
Nothing but the best for Baby Archie. pic.twitter.com/G1q5swI9j4— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 29, 2019
Prince Harry reportedly told the Yankees, “You guys have beaten next door’s present, by the way.” The Yankees also beat the Red Sox on the field, sweeping the team in the series.
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Tonight, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the first of a two game series of the Major League Baseball #LondonSeries, in support of @WeAreInvictusGames. Tonight’s highly anticipated game between the #Yankees and #RedSox took place at London stadium, Olympic Park. The @WeAreInvictusGames, of which His Royal Highness is Founding Patron, has been selected as charity partner for the @MLB 2019 series. The Invictus Games Foundation is the international charity that oversees the development of the Invictus Games, an international adaptive multi-sport event in which wounded, injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans participate. It celebrates the power of sport in recovery and how it can help, physically or psychologically, those suffering from injuries or illness. The word ‘invictus’ means ‘unconquered’ - it embodies the fighting spirit of the competitors. As part of the partnership, the Invictus Games Foundation have a team participating in London’s #Softball60, the social softball series built for the city and targeted to introduce the sport to new audiences and demonstrate that it is an inclusive sport. On this #ArmedForcesDay, tonight’s event was also a chance for Their Royal Highnesses to shine a light on the men and women here in the UK and around the world who have sacrificed so much for their country. Discover more about the Invictus Games Foundation through the link in our bio. Photo credit: PA