It all started when the Duke of Sussex, 35, joined a Zoom call in honor of the 125th anniversary of the Rugby Football League. During the conversation, Prince Harry hinted at his travel plans and confirmed they’ve been delayed due to social distancing.
“We’ve got a whole Rugby League World Cup coming next year,” he said. “I definitely plan on coming back. I would have been back already had it not been for COVID.”
The news might shock some royal aficionados, since we didn’t know whether he and his wife, Meghan Markle, would return to London after they stepped down as senior members of the royal family. Since the announcement, the couple relocated to Canada and then Los Angeles before purchasing a $14.65 million home in the wealthy Santa Barbara neighborhood of Montecito.
Still, Prince Harry has been a royal patron of the Rugby Football League since 2016, so his dedication to the sport’s World Cup is no surprise.
“Watching Rugby League is exhausting. Listen, I spent ten years in the army, I know what endurance is all about. But it’s madness,” Prince Harry said. “Full respect to anyone that plays the game, I think it’s amazing, and a lot of people would be jealous not to be part of that community.”
One question still remains: Will Markle and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor accompany Prince Harry across the pond? *Crosses fingers*