Prince Harry was giddy as a schoolboy as he saw Lionel Messi triumph in LA last night but there was an uncomfortable moment when he passed Nicola Peltz and Brooklyn Beckham amid claims of a feud with his parents David and Victoria.
The Duke of Sussex was filmed being swept to his $9,000-a-night VIP suite by bodyguards at BMO Stadium before watching LAFC lose 3-1 to Inter Miami.
The exiled royal was cheered by crowds in the lobby and passed the celebrity couple, who stared straight ahead despite the people in front of them stopping and staring with disbelief as Harry walked by or taking pictures.
Although it is not clear if Brooklyn, Nicola and Harry saw one another, the footage has fuelled further social media speculation of an ongoing feud between the Beckhams and the Sussexes.
Harry, whose wife Meghan was listed as a guest but did not attend, got to meet Messi after the match – joking with one fan that Messi needed help finding the net – after he joined a throng of celebrities, including LAFC co-owner Will Ferrell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Owen Wilson, Selena Gomez and Jason Sudeikis.
The fifth in line to the British throne was seen warmly greeting Mr Ferrell. David Beckham, who co-owns Inter Miami, was also there but there was no sign that he met fellow-Briton Harry, despite apparently playing a crucial role in supporting Meghan when she moved to the UK.
It emerged last month that the Beckhams appear to have been ‘Markled’ – the word cruelly used by critics of Meghan to describe how she is seemingly able to swiftly move on from some of those once closest to her.
Prince Harry walks to his VIP box – straight past Nicola Peltz and Brooklyn Beckham
Nicola and Brooklyn stared straight ahead, even though others craned their necks to cheer Harry
Harry joked that his message for Messi was ‘put it in the net’ as he arrived to meet the footballer after Inter Miami’s 3-1 win over LAFC yesterday
Prince Harry was seen on Sunday night attending a LAFC soccer match against Inter Miami
David Beckham, co-owner of Inter Miami, is pictured on Sunday at the LAFC stadium
Every person on the list of notable attendees had their job title included – except Harry and Meghan
David and Victoria Beckham were guests at her wedding to Prince Harry at Windsor in 2018. However, their friendship seems to have died. Reciprocally, Meghan and Harry were not guests at the wedding of the Beckhams’ son Brooklyn to US heiress Nicola Peltz in April last year.
The reported row began amid a claim that David and Victoria may have leaked stories about the Sussexes, an accusation The Mail on Sunday was told left David ‘absolutely bloody furious’.
A source close to the Beckhams said at the time: ‘David and Victoria went to Meghan and Harry’s wedding and were very supportive when Meghan arrived in the UK.’
The couples bonded because Izzy May, David Beckham’s communications director, was friends with Markus Anderson, chief membership officer for private social club Soho House, who helped arrange Meghan’s secret dates with Harry.
But the accusations, which The Mail on Sunday has been told came in a tense phone call, fractured the Beckham friendship. The source added: ‘Any making up now is so unlikely.’
Most notoriously ‘Markled’ has been her father Thomas, 79, after he sold paparazzi pictures of himself preparing for his daughter’s wedding.
Meghan now very rarely speaks to her childhood best friend Ninaki Priddy after they reportedly fell out over Meghan’s treatment of her first husband Trevor Engelson.
Even stylist Jessica Mulroney, Meghan’s one-time ‘Best Friend Forever’, whose children were pageboys and a bridesmaid at the Sussexes’ wedding, may have fallen by the wayside. Ever since Mulroney became embroiled in a racism row with a social media influencer in 2020, she has not been photographed in public with the duchess.
Harry was full of excitement as he watched soccer legend Lionel Messi help Inter Miami defeat Los Angeles Football Club on Sunday night.
The 38-year-old cut a dramatically different figure from Friday night when he was spotted looking bored with Meghan Markle during Beyonce’s concert.
He chuckled and happily scrunched up an LAFC scarf as he cheered on his local team from the stands of the BMO Stadium.
Meghan was also rumpured to be attending but decided not to come to the star-studded event.
A pre-match ‘notable attendees’ form showed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex among those appearing at the match. All those listed had their occupation next to their name, except the couple – who were simply referred to as ‘Prince Harry’ and ‘Meghan Markle’.
Inter Miami won the match 3-1, with Facundo Farias, Jordi Alba and Leonardo Campana scoring. Messi, who is paid $54million a year, also got two assists.
Messi celebrates with his teammates after another win for Inter Miami
A serious Harry as LAFC struggle
An animated Prince Harry is seen during the match on Sunday night, which LAFC lost 3-1
The prince is seen arriving at the BMO Stadium in south Los Angeles
Harry’s wife was on the list of attendees, but she was not seen at the game
Harry is pictured taking his seat at the game on Sunday night
Beckham smiles as he greets Inter Miami players before heading to the stadium
Harry looked more excited to be at the soccer match than he did watching Beyonce with his wife and mother in law on Friday.
Harry played soccer at school at Eton, writing in his memoir that he loved all sports.
‘I played every dry sport, though rugby captured my heart,’ he wrote – with ‘dry sports’ at Eton meaning cricket, football, rugby, or polo.
Wet sports were rowing, sailing, or swimming. Harry said he found playing rugby therapeutic. ‘Beautiful game, plus a good excuse to run into stuff very hard,’ he wrote.
‘Rugby let me indulge my rage. I simply didn’t feel pain the way other boys did, which made me scary on a pitch.’
Sunday night’s game drew a huge crowd, eager to see Argentine superstar Messi play his first game in the City of Angels.
Messi signed for the Miami side in July, and has helped the team rocket up the league table – to the delight of co-owner Beckham.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were pictured in the crowd at the SoFi stadium in Los Angeles on Friday night. Pictured: Harry (right), Meghan (second right) and her mother Doria Ragland (left) and her Suits co-star and close friend Abigail Spencer (centre)
Prince Harry (right) looked less than enthused as he stared at his phone during the first night of Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour in California last night. Meghan (centre), however, was seen dancing the night away with friends including her Suits co-star Abigail Spencer (far left)
Owen Wilson showed his allegiance to the home side with a LAFC shirt and baseball cap, as did Mario Lopez.
Jason Sudeikis, who plays soccer coach Ted Lasso in the smash hit Apple TV series, was in a bright orange hoodie.
An animated Selena Gomez was also in the stands, while DiCaprio tried to keep a low profile in a dark baseball cap and sunglasses for the evening event. Kick off was at 10pm local time.
Victoria Beckham, who has frequently attended Inter Miami’s games and brought along celebrity friends such as Kim Kardashian, was not seen on Sunday night.
The Beckham family had assembled in England on Friday night to celebrate the birthday of their son Romeo, who turned 21 on September 1.
David and Victoria were joined by Victoria’s sister Louise; Victoria’s niece Libby Adams; David’s sister Joanna; and family friends including nutritionist Rosemary Ferguson. It was unclear where they celebrated.
The Beckhams’ oldest son, Brooklyn, was not in attendance at the party, nor was his wife Nicola Peltz.
David and Victoria’s U.S. base is a $24 million Miami penthouse in the One Thousand Museum building, which they bought in 2020.
The former England captain moved to Los Angeles to play for LA Galaxy in 2007, and in 2014 announced he was launching his own team.
In September 2018 he revealed it would be called Inter Miami.
Will Ferrell, who co-owns LAFC, was at the match on Sunday night
Harry is seen talking to Ferrell on Sunday night at the match
An animated Selena Gomez is pictured watching the game
Leonardo DiCaptrio is pictured keeping a low profile at the game
Owen Wilson is seen wearing a LAFC baseball cap and shirt at the stadium
Mario Lopez was also at the stadium on Sunday night
The Ted Lasso star was among those at the star-studded event on Sunday
Lionel Messi, who joined Inter Miami in July, is pictured on Sunday on the pitch in LA
Messi is seen in action on Sunday. The Argentine superstar will earn a reported $54 million a year with the Miami team
Inter Miami are unbeaten across all competitions since Messi’s arrival, winning seven matches in Leagues Cup play, with two of those on penalties, including the final on August 19 against Nashville SC.
The Herons have subsequently won a U.S. Open Cup match and have gone 1-0-1 in MLS regular-season play.
The run of 10 consecutive unbeaten matches is an Inter Miami record.
Messi has 11 goals and six assists in an Inter Miami uniform, but the team was held without a goal in a scoreless tie against Nashville SC on Wednesday.
Nashville’s defense clogged the penalty area to some surprise success.
‘In the first half, the ball was moving too slowly; in the second I think we did a little better, but it was hard for us,’ said Tata Martino, Inter Miami coach.
‘These games usually happen, I understand everyone’s frustration. We too felt it was a good night to continue gaining ground.’
In two prior matches against LAFC, Inter Miami has not scored a goal. Miami played its first ever MLS match at LAFC in 2020 and lost 1-0.
Inter Miami absorbed a 2-0 home defeat to LAFC last season.
Harry’s visit to the stadium capped a busy weekend, beginning with Friday’s attendance at the Beyonce show.
Harry appeared glum and disinterested as the pair were spotted in a private box along with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland and Abigail Spencer
Harry (left centre) however was seen with his hands firmly stuck in his pocket or glued to his phone as he attended the concert with wife Meghan (right centre), her mum Doria (right) and Abigail Spencer (far left)
Beyoncé was decked out in a dazzling silver outfit as she took to the stage in the SoFi Stadium on Friday night
He is soon due to fly to Dusseldorf in Germany, for this year’s edition of the Invictus Games.
The sporting competition for wounded veterans is being held in the German city from September 9 to 16, with the first day taking place a day after the first anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
Harry is expected to attend the entire games, while Meghan is set to arrive ‘later on’ and stay for the Closing Ceremony before returning to the US, according to close friend and confident of the Sussexes, Omid Scobie.
It was reported that the Duke of Sussex will be in Britain for the anniversary of Her Majesty’s death, but he is not expected to join the rest of his family – his father King Charles is set to mark the occasion at Balmoral Castle, where the Queen passed away.
Harry will celebrate the achievements and resilience of seriously ill youngsters and their families supported by the charity WellChild, at the event being staged in London on September 7, before heading out to Germany.
A spokesperson for the couple said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to attend the Invictus Games 2023 in Dusseldorf.
‘The Duke will be in attendance throughout the entirety of the games and will be joined by the Duchess shortly after the games begin.’
Prince Harry is expected to deliver a closing speech, while Meghan will take to the stage to host the ‘Lifestories Scene’ segment, taking a closer look at the stories of some of the athletes competing in the games.
The royal will apparently praise the competitors’ ‘unwavering spirit and impressive recovery journey’.
The Duke of Sussex has said this year’s games will be the ‘best ever’.
Other figures due to appear include Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German president who hosted the King and Queen in March this year.