June 17, 2021

Prince Harry on first royal duty since talks with Queen

The Duke of Sussex has met young rugby players at his first public event since he and the Duchess of Sussex said they would step back from royal life.

Prince Harry smiled and shook hands with children in Buckingham Palace’s gardens ahead of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw, which he hosted.

He also met representatives of the 21 nations playing in the world cup.

Meghan and the couple’s son Archie are in Canada but Harry will reportedly stay in the UK for meetings next week.

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Talks involving the Queen, Prince Harry, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge to discuss the couple’s future were held on Monday at the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

The Queen released a statement agreeing to their wish to step back as senior royals, become financially independent and to split their time between the UK and Canada.

BBC Sport journalist Shamoon Hafez, who was at the palace on Thursday, said Prince Harry gave “a loud laugh” when a reporter asked him how talks on his future were going.

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