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Prince Harry goes fully-fledged Aussie by wearing a pair of budgie smugglers

It was a true show of support for the land Down Under.

By Jess Pullar
It doesn't get more Aussie than this.
Prince Harry, who has been the image of an upstanding royal, doting husband and fun-loving dad to-be during his current royal tour of Australia has taken things one comical step further, and it's a sight to behold.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have left a big impression on Australia during their royal tour. (Image: Getty Images)
The 34-year-old royal was presented with a pair of budgie smugglers (also known as tight-fitting swimmers for all the non-Aussies out there) during an interview with Paralympic gold medallist Dylan Alcott, and Invictus Games competitors Nicole Bradley and Matt Model for the ABC.
While many people would graciously accept the flimsy swimming briefs before whipping them out of sight and moving onto the next topic as soon as possible, Prince Harry had other ideas.
He decided to give them a whirl, and as seen in the video above, the moment was priceless!
The Prince contemplates them for a moment... (Image: ABC)
Why not! He steps on into the swimming trunks like a true Aussie. (Image: ABC)
It could be possible that Prince Harry donned the briefs to show his dedication to the games - earlier in the day, he had been gifted another pair of budgie smugglers by Australian team members during the cycling medal ceremony.
The Prince had to politely decline signing them, telling Australian competitor Damien Irish he wasn't allowed to, ABC reported.
"But he was great. He just asked about our sports and what we were doing — he's a great guy," Irish said.
But in the slightly less formal setting of the ABC interview with Alcott, Prince Harry was clearly a bit more at ease.
Taking the second pair of budgie smugglers presented to him that day, he exclaimed: "It doesn't get better than that does it?!"
Feast your eyes: This is probably the only time we'll ever see the Prince have the phrase "Team Aus Down Under" across his derrière. (Image: ABC)
Like a real trooper, the Prince looked pleased with himself as he showed off his new swimmers. (Image: ABC)
Harry attended yesterday morning's awards event solo after his wife Meghan took a break from royal engagements.
"After a busy program, The Duke and Duchess have decided to cut back The Duchess's schedule slightly for the next couple of days, ahead of the final week and a half of the tour," a palace spokesperson stated.
Harry also told guests at the awards event that "being pregnant takes its toll" and Meghan was "resting at home."
Meghan and Harry had a late night on Saturday with the Invictus Games opening ceremony being delayed due to a severe thunderstorm. (Image: Getty Images)
On Monday, Harry and Meghan headed to Queensland's Fraser Island, but again, it's likely Meghan will take a break from the day's official events.
Meanwhile Harry will take part in a traditional Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony and unveil a plaque for the dedication of the Forests of K'gari to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.
The royals have had a jam-packed schedule in Australia, with Prince Harry also climbing Sydney's Harbour Bridge on Friday to mark the start of the Invictus Games.
The Games were founded by the Prince himself for injured or sick armed service personnel and veterans.
Participants will spend the week taking part in sports including wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing and sitting volleyball at various locations around Sydney.
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