Prince Harry Follows in Grandmother’s Footsteps 21 Years Later During Surprise Appearance with Meghan Markle

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Hockey fans heading to the Vancouver Canucks game on Monday night didn’t realize they were about to be in the presence of royalty.

Per People, Prince Harry, 39, and Meghan Markle, 42, made a surprise appearance at the hockey game between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on November 20. 

In a photo taken at the event, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are smiling and cheering while watching the game from a private box section in the stands. For the occasion, Markle kept her outfit super casual and rocked a Bleusalt The Classic Crew Top ($132) in the color black with matching slacks while her hubby sported a blue sweater with a white collared shirt. 

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But that’s not all. Before the game kicked off, Harry hit the ice to participate in a ceremonial puck drop.

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Fun fact: His late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, also did the ceremonial puck drop 21 years prior with the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks. Back in 2002, the monarch made a special appearance at the game during her 11-day tour of Canada in honor of her Golden Jubilee.

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This latest appearance comes after the Spare author made headlines for a very different reason, when he penned an emotional message to Scotty’s Little Soldiers charity. In the letter, which was shared on the Archewell website, Harry (as the newly appointed Global Ambassador for the organization) paid tribute to military children in honor of Remembrance Day on November 11.

The royal wrote, “During what may be a particularly difficult time for you and your family, know that I am thinking of you and hoping for your Remembrance weekend to be filled with comfort, support, and shared understanding with your fellow Scotty's members.”

The Duke of Sussex also took a moment to talk about his late mother, Princess Diana. “This is an incredibly important and emotional time of year when so many come together to pay their respects to your military parents and our military family, for their service and for their sacrifice,” Harry continued. “Growing up, having lost a parent, is immensely difficult. But being part of such a strong and resilient community like Scotty's can really help. Spending time with people who understand what you may be feeling and who can rally around you in moments of need is something to cherish. Scotty's will be there for you year-round, and encourage you to take full advantage of all this community has to offer.”

Quite the busy couple of weeks for the duke.

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