Prince Harry urged to marry Cheryl - and doesn't rule it out

Prince Harry has been told he and singer Cheryl would make a lovely couple.
Prince Harry has been told he and singer Cheryl would make a lovely couple.
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Prince Harry has been urged to marry former X Factor judge Cheryl - and did not dismiss the idea out of hand - as he celebrated the achievements of Invictus Games athletes.

At a glittering awards ceremony held to recognise individuals from the sporting world, host Mark Durden-Smith said it was Harry's royal duty to pop the question to Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Among the guests at the BT Sport Industry Awards were Tim Henman, Lord Coe, Brian O'Driscoll, John Terry, Jamie Murray and his mother Judy Murray, and Jodie Kidd.

Cheryl, as the Geordie singer is now known, recently split from her second husband, and Durden-Smith described the Prince and former tennis star Henman - who were jointly presenting an outstanding contribution award to the Murray family - as both prime son-in-law material.

To laughter from the 1,700 guests attending the event at the Battersea Evolution in central London, Durden-Smith said: "I know you take your royal duties very seriously Harry, and I think one of the duties that the nation would like you to perform is to marry Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

"It's what the nation wants Harry, so give it some thought."

His comments caused the Prince to raise an eyebrow as he mused on the suggestion.

There was more comic banter when tennis coach Judy Murray and her son Jamie - the world No 1 doubles player - stepped forward to receive their award.

The coach brought the house down when her son was asked to put into words what his mother had done for him and she quipped: "I popped him out".

Andy Murray could not make the evening, as he is preparing for the French Open, the audience was told, and when asked for his view on the family, Harry replied: "It's an absolutely amazing achievement."

The guests also included some of the UK's Invictus Games competitors who will be flying with the rest of the squad to Orlando to take part in the sporting spectacle next month.

The Invictus Games Foundation, which has Prince Harry as patron, and the Sport Industry Group have recently joined forces to help create career opportunities in the sporting industry for wounded soldiers.