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Duke of Sussex pub honours newly-married couple with portrait swing sign

Rupert Clevely, who owns the pub in Waterloo, said the image featuring Harry and Meghan is a ‘bit of fun’.

A pub called the Duke of Sussex has honoured the newly-married royal couple with a swing sign featuring their portraits.

Based in Waterloo, London, the venue in Baylis Road unveiled the creation featuring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Friday after it was painted by the artist Paul Karslake.

Rupert Clevely, the chief executive of Hippo Inns which owns the pub, said the idea to create the new sign was a joint decision between him and his wife of 32 years, Joanna.

He told the Press Association: “I think it represents a very inclusive society, it is a nod at having a bit of fun in support of them and celebrating their relationship and the wedding.

“We thought it would cause a lot of amusement, and that is what it has done. It has been taken very positively by all our customers and friends.”

Mr Clevely said the image of Harry and Meghan, that has been bonded onto the sign, adorns just one side of it – with the original image still on the opposite half.

He added: “For the foreseeable future that will be the sign.

“If people don’t like it then I will take it down and hang it in the pub, it is a bit of fun. It is just something we wanted to do to celebrate their marriage and wedding – that was our token to it.”

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