Officially, the Commonwealth Games are a quadrennial occasion for the various nations of the former British Empire to come together for two weeks of good sporting fun.
Unofficially, though, the 2014 games in Glasgow have turned into an opportunity for Britain’s ruling family to invade the photos of their royal subjects.
Attending the games alongside his brother and sister-in-law the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Monday night, the ginger Prince snuck into the back of a group photo of three officials from New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games team.
In the photo, uploaded to Facebook by former Olympic boxer Trevor Shailer, Prince Harry is seen grinning and giving a double-thumbs-up, while Shailer, rugby coach Sir Gordon Tietjens and sport psychologist Gary Hermansson pose unawares.
In another twist, the crucial moment was also captured from another angle by photographers on the scene, who often exhaust a great deal of time and energy taking pictures of Prince Harry on purpose.
From this vantage point, Harry was seen shaking the hands of the New Zealanders as they presumably congratulated him on a successful photobomb.
A touching moment, to be sure, but on deeper examination, the incident raises one question: Why did Prince Harry have worse seats than these two random Kiwis? Does being a prince count for nothing these days?