Prince Harry Reportedly Smiled & Chose Not to Answer Royal Exit Question at 1st Official Outing since the Announcement
Prince Harry is keeping quiet about him and Meghan Markle's royal exit. However, he was all smiles as he prepared for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw.
A week since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made the shocking announcement that they have decided to step down as senior members of the royal family, he made his first public appearance.
Harry looked cheerful and unbothered as he played host for the draw for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup at Buckingham Palace.
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🏉🏆Today The Duke of Sussex hosted the Rugby League World Cup 2021 LIVE draw at Buckingham Palace. The Duke joined Dame Katherine Grainger and Jason Robinson OBE to draw the groups for the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments which will see 21 nations compete from 23 October - 27 November 2021 in 17 cities across England. The Duke also met schoolchildren taking part in a game of tag rugby league in the garden of Buckingham Palace, along with #rlwc2021 ambassadors. Visit @rlwc2021 to see the results of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws.
Ahead of the draw, Harry met with representatives from all 21 of the nations participating in the event.
For the first time in the tournament's history, the men's, women's and wheelchair will be held simultaneously.
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Here we come Düsseldorf 🇩🇪! The new home for the 2022 and sixth Invictus Games. Having previously been held in London, Orlando, Toronto, Sydney, and upcoming The Hague this year in May - Düsseldorf will welcome over 500 competitors as they showcase their talents, determination and camaraderie to the world! The #InvictusGames is an international adaptive multi-sport event, created by The Duke of Sussex, in which wounded, injured or sick (WIS) armed services personnel and veterans show the world what they’re capable of in a series of adaptive sports, ranging from wheelchair basketball to indoor rowing. The Duke, having spent 10 years serving in the Armed Forces, set up the @WeAreInvictusGames to celebrate the power of sport rehabilitation (both physically and mentally) and to generate a wider appreciation for those who served their country beyond their time in uniform. Participating in the Games plays a significant part in the recovery journey of WIS Servicemen and women. It doesn’t just heal the individual, it heals the whole family. • “I hope everyone in Germany is ready for what will be an incredible week of sport! I have no doubt that the German public will get right behind these Games and that every single competitor can expect a warm welcome and an amazing atmosphere.” – The Duke of Sussex For more information of the announcement, visit https://invictusgamesfoundation.org/ig2022-announcement/ Video © @WeAreInvictusGames
As Harry prepared to take center stage for the tournament's draw, one reporter couldn't help address the elephant in the room and asked him how discussions were going concerning his future in the royal family.
According to PEOPLE, Harry didn't answer the question. However, a source at the event said he laughed about the reporter's attempt to get answers from him over his private matters with his family.
Former Rugby League player Jason Robinson, who was at the draw, stood in support of Harry's silence on his royal exit, and also shut down personal questions about Harry, he said:
"What happens between him and his good wife is nothing at all to do with me. What's great about this is that it does not matter what is going on in the background, wherever he goes he still delivers."
HRH The Duke of Sussex, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation with German Defence Minister @akk during a meeting at Buckingham Palace today to discuss the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2022— German Embassy London (@GermanEmbassy) January 16, 2020
📷 Invictus Games Foundation pic.twitter.com/a7QSLPhhMy
Reportedly, Harry has lost contact with many of his close friends amid his transition from the royal family, and they are harbouring some resentment. Other colleagues have given their support for his move calling him "selfless."
As many questions about Harry's future remain unanswered, so to do the questions about the fate of his patronages. It is reported, the launch of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup will be his final engagement as a senior member of the royal family.