Prince Harry smiles during awkward pose as he's told to 'drop the puck'

Prince Harry

Prince Harry smiled and posed with the two captains

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 21/11/2023

- 09:02

The Duke of Sussex included a ceremonial nod to Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Harry was told to stop smiling and drop the hockey puck at the Vancouver Canucks game on Monday evening.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the game to mark the 2025 Invictus Games being held in Vancouver.

In a nod to his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry was invited onto the ice to perform the ceremonial puck drop.

The late monarch did this back in 2002 in a visit to the Canadian city.

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The 39-year-old performed the ceremonial puck drop to officially begin the game between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks captain Tomas Hertl admitted there was an awkward moment with the duke.

The father-of-two posed for photos and smiled with the two captains at the halfway line.

However, Hertl had to turn to him and remind the prince to drop the puck.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sitting together at the game


Hertl said: "I actually had to tell him to drop the puck because he kept holding it and smiling.

"I said 'It's time to drop it' - but it was a cool moment.

"For sure I will remember that one."

The Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet also opened up about the slightly awkward situation.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Meghan cheered during the game


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Harry puts his arm around Meghan


He added: "I gave him a fist bump, I don't know if you're allowed to do that.

"I did it, he did it. He kind of looked at me but he did it."

Prince Harry was invited to the game because the Invictus Games closing ceremony in 2025 will be held in the Rogers Arena.

The Invictus Games are the 39-year-old's sports competition for wounded military veterans.

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