Prince Harry teases Hunt after bell incident

Prince Harry made fun of Jeremy Hunt's bell mishap as they celebrated Britain's next generation of sports stars. The Culture Secretary 'dropped a clanger' when he narrowly avoided injuring spectators after a bell he was ringing to mark the start of the London Olympics went flying in to the crowd.

Prince Harry shares a joke with Princess Eugenie as they watch the Olympic Eventing
Prince Harry shares a joke with Princess Eugenie as they watch the Olympic Eventing Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Prince joked with Mr Hunt about the incident as they were introduced to talented youngsters who achieved success in the inaugural School Games.

Nearly 2,000 schoolchildren had the chance to compete in four main Olympic venues, before the start of the Games.

Harry, who is president of the School Games, met a group of the winning athletes at a reception at Clarence House, in central London, and urged the promising youngsters to aim for success at the next Olympics in Brazil.

Harry said, "I urge you to pick up the torch - or, in Jeremy's case, the bell - and I expect to see your faces again when you stand on the podium at Rio and beyond."

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