Harry meets the King of the Netherlands after enjoying a pint with friends in an Irish pub

The Duke of Sussex met the King of the Netherlands after enjoying a pint of Guinness in an Irish pub in The Hague.

Harry hosted King Willem-Alexander at the Invictus Games on Friday and the duo watched the wheelchair basketball final between the United States and the Netherlands – with the Americans picking up a convincing win.

It was the last day of competition for the event, which started at Zuiderpark last weekend.

Harry had a quiet drink with friends on Thursday night at O’Casey’s Irish Pub in town.

Pub owner John Gulay, 51, said Harry drank a single pint of Guinness before switching to lemonade.

“He loves Guinness,” Mr Gulay told the PA news agency, adding: “He loves Guinness, of course, who doesn’t?”

According to Mr Gulay, Harry said ‘A pint is all’ and ‘I’m sticking to a pint and then I’ll move on to lemonade’.

Mr Gulay said Harry had been offered shots of tequila but refused them and suggested they were given to other people in the pub instead.

The Duke of Sussex at O’Casey’s Irish Pub in The Hague with owner John Gulay (handout/PA)

Harry was in the pub for about an hour and a half before heading out to dinner elsewhere, he said.

Mr Gulay said he did not send an invoice to Harry’s table.

“I said ‘You know what? This bar note is mine. I’m so honored to have you here,'” he said.

“They offered to pay but I said I’m really happy you’re here and the Invictus Games have been so good for the pub this week,” he said.

Harry, who was one of a group of around a dozen sitting in the pub’s beer garden, was a “really nice guy”, Mr Gulay said.

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The Duke of Sussex presents the latest medals from the games (Aaron Chown/PA)

O’Casey’s was named “the best Irish pub in the world” in 2019, according to its website.

On Friday afternoon, the Duke welcomed Willem-Alexander to experience one of the final events of the games.

The couple laughed, chatted and waved their arms in the air with the rest of the packed crowd as they prepared for the wheelchair basketball game.

Harry, dressed in navy blue, presented the final medals of the games when he presented the gold medals to the Americans.

Earlier, Harry had announced that the Invictus Games would take place in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada in 2025.

“Ladies and gentlemen, Invictus is returning to North America and that’s a very, very good thing,” Harry said.

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The Duke of Sussex shakes hands with King Willem-Alexander (Aaron Chown/PA)

Speaking at the announcement event, Harry added: “With the recovery and rehabilitation of the international service community at its heart, I am proud to say that the Invictus Games have established themselves as the premier venue where world class teams come together in a world class. premises.

“As Invictus continues to adapt and evolve, I am thrilled to announce that the Invictus Games Foundation has chosen Canada to host the first Winter Hybrid Games in 2025.

“And as always featuring new sports, the Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025 will provide a global platform to expand the range and profile of adaptive winter sports.”

The Duke founded the Invictus Games to help rehabilitate injured and ill service members and veterans around the world, challenging them to compete in sporting events similar to the Paralympic Games.

The closing ceremony of the Invictus Games will take place in The Hague on Friday evening.

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