Harry and Meghan attend Major League Baseball match

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Media captionPrince Harry and Meghan were presented with baseball-themed gifts for baby Archie

The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at the London Stadium, when she joined her husband for a Major League Baseball match between Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

The royal couple attended the first of a two-game series, which is being held to promote American baseball in the UK.

Before the match they were presented with a Yankees shirt and a Red Sox baby bodysuit for their son Archie.

It is the first regular-season, MLB game to be played in Europe.

Organisers want to grow the sport internationally.

Although this is not the is not the first time MLB matches have been played outside of the US or Canada, MLB vice-president of international strategy Charlie Hill said: “We want more people aware, playing and watching our sport.”

MLB is also putting on a three-day festival in east London at which fans can immerse themselves in American culture, food and live music.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were joined by members of the Invictus Games Foundation on the field for a ceremonial first pitch.

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Image caption The royal couple were seen walking arm in arm ahead of the two-game series
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Image caption Meghan is all laughs as manager of the New York Yankees, Aaron Boone, presented her with a gift for Archie
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Image caption The royal couple pose with the New York Yankees ahead of the game
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Image caption Not wanting to pick favourites, the couple also posed for a group photo with the Boston Red Sox
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Image caption A vendor brings a taste of the US to the London Stadium

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