The Duke of Sussex joined the Queen in welcoming the captains of the 10 competing nations in the ICC Cricket World Cup to Buckingham Palace on the eve of the start of the competition and he immediately put the skipper of the reigning world champions on the back foot.
“You’re getting on a bit now, aren’t you? How old are you?” he asked Finch, 32, as England captain Eoin Morgan stifled a giggle. “How long have you been playing?
“The Australian captain took it in good spirits and told the sixth in line to the throne he had been playing for eight years at the highest level.
Harry, 34, asked him who the favourites were to win the competition this time and he put the pressure back on Morgan, saying: “England and India.”
But New Zealand captain Kane Williamson told him: “There are heaps of competitive teams this year. Anybody could win.”
The 20-minute reception in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace was a chance for Harry to meet someone whose following on social media makes him an even bigger international star than him and Meghan.
The Sussexes have quickly amassed 8.4 million followers on Instagram in two months but Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, has 100 million followers on social media – 29.4 million on Twitter, 37.1 million on Facebook, and 33.6 million on Instagram.
Harry also met South African captain Faf du Plessis and they talked about their game against England on Thursday.. “I’m there,” said the Duke, but when the South African asked him whether he would be back to watch more matches Harry said: “We’ll see what happens.”
Du Plessis, 34, was wearing a South African scarf and Harry, pointing to crowds outside waiting in the rain for a palace garden party to start, teased him, saying: “It’s not that cold out there.”