Prince Harry’s cheeky personality was on full display this week as he sent a naughty message to Aussie tennis star and “pen pal” Dylan Alcott following his tremendous Wimbledon win last month. The Duke of Sussex reached out to the 28-year-old sportsman, penning a personal letter to congratulate him on his recent sporting success.
Alcott – who also received the coveted Graham Kennedy Award for the Most Popular New Talent at the TV Week Logie Awards recently – took to social media on Tuesday to share the message with his fans, describing Harry as an “absolute legend” for supporting him in his journey.
The photo of the letter, stamped with the official Kensington Palace monogram, began: “Dear Dylan, I wanted to pass on my congratulations for your recent win at Wimbledon and your most popular new talent award! Thank you for the special contribution that you made to sharing the stories of wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women on the Invictus Games Today show.
“Your achievements are extraordinary and the impact you have had in raising awareness and changing perceptions of disability is really inspiring. I wish you the very best of luck for the future, on air and on court!”
The young royal then added a cheeky message at the bottom, joking about what underwear Alcott had worn when he received his recent award. “P.S. I’m wondering if you wore your Invictus Games budgie smugglers on the big night the accept it? Mine have come in handy in the recent UK heatwave!” he added.
Followers were just as amused by the message as Alcott himself with brand Budgie Smuggler even commenting on the post. Weighing in on the topic of Harry wearing the swimming briefs in the hot weather the company wrote: “How good. Mate, let Harry know we can do him a good deal in smugglers if he needs a fresh pair?? All the best for the US Open!”
Meanwhile, Today show host Brooke Boney added: “Stop it. What a legend.” While a fan said: “OMG?? This is phenomenal.” And another added: “Even more reason to love Harry.”
The thoughtful and humorous letter from the prince himself comes weeks after Alcott made history with Britain’s Andy Lapthorne when they became the first ever quad wheelchair doubles champions at the All England Club. 2019 marked the first time quad wheelchair tennis made competitive debut at Wimbledon, with Alcott and Lapthorne becoming the inaugural champions. The pair defeated American David Wagner and Japan’s Koji Sugeno 6-2 7-6 (7-4) to take out the title.
Taking to Facebook following his win, Alcott shared some photographs of himself and Lapthorne with their trophy. “Cheeky little Wimbledon Doubles Champions with my guy @andylapthorne_,” he wrote. “What an atmosphere and live on @bbc and all around the world!”
Fans were quick to congratulate Australia’s newest Wimbledon champion. One person said: “Absolute Champion and Inspiration!!! Congratulations, looking forward to watching you try and get the double.” A second comment read: “You two are amazing. Well done. You have done yourselves and Australia proud.” And a third added: “Congratulations doesn’t seem enough. You guys are legends in every sense of the word. Enjoy your win.”
The Dylan Slam: complete@DylanAlcott is the first ever #Wimbledon quad wheelchair singles champion after beating Andy Lapthorne and now holds all Grand Slam singles titles 👏 pic.twitter.com/IGAXbw92Mz
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2019
Just a day later the success streak continued as Alcott took home the win in the wheelchair singles titles in a match against his doubles partner Lapthorne. The Aussie beat the UK star 6-0, 6-2, receiving the title of the first wheelchair singles champion at Wimbledon and gaining all Grand Slam singles titles.
Prior to reaching his success in Grand Slams Alcott won gold in the Paralympics for basketball and tennis. He was named the youngest Australian wheelchair basketball gold medal winner at the age of 17.