Prince Harry is officially back in the spotlight.
On Thursday, the Duke of Sussex made his first public appearance since stepping down as a senior royal to host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Live Draw from Buckingham Palace. It was announced via the official Twitter account of the royal family, @royalfamily, along with a live video stream of the draw. Prince Harry has been Patron of the Rugby Football League since 2016, when he succeeded the queen herself in the role. Interestingly, the tweets in question still referred to Harry as His Royal Highness, indicating that, at least for now, he’ll be retaining his title.
The Duchess of Sussex herself was seen visiting the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver, Cananda, on Tuesday morning. But Prince Harry’s appearance is also the first time he’s been seen since Queen Elizabeth’s emergency meeting hashing out the details of his and wife Meghan Markle’s new roles and potential move to Canada.
Earlier in the week, the queen finally commented on the situation, saying, “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family […] These are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”