Prince Harry's Commonwealth Games photobomb: Royally outdone by his grandmother in quest for unnecessary publicity

The royal was snapped after watching the 800m women's freestyle swimming

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Following in his grandmother’s footsteps (well, almost) Prince Harry photobombed New Zealand Commonwealth Games officials as they watched the women’s swimming freestyle in Glasgow last night.

In a photobomb designed to make all royal publicists exceedingly happy, Harry can be seen giving an enthusiastic thumbs up at the back of the group photo, featuring rugby coach Sir Gordon Tietjens, sports psychologist and Massey University professor emeritus Gary Hermansson and Sport Manawatu chief executive Trevor Shailor, who promptly shared the image on Facebook.

He later wrote: "Photo of the day.... A Royal photo bomb by Prince Harry with Titch (Sir Gordon) and Gary Hermansson at the Swimming venue tonight. Thanks to Bev Hari for taking the times supporting our athletes at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games!'"

To the far right of the photo (admittedly not looking nearly as happy as Prince Harry) Prince William can also be seen, although he appears more interested in watching the women’s 800m freestyle event, where Welsh swimmer Jazz Carlin won gold, than engaging in a bit of frankly unnecessary publicity.

It’s the latest royal photobomb to emerge from the Commonwealth Games. Only last week a grinning Queen was snapped in the background as members of the Australian hockey team posed for a selfie.

Unfortunately for all Kate lovers, only the Duchess of Cambridge’s hair can be seen in this photo but - thankfully - we’ve got another five days left of Commonwealth Games so there’s still time for another royal opportunity.