The Duke of Sussex has maintained a relatively low profile since making the shock announcement that he and Meghan would stand down as ‘senior royals’ with the intention to spend part of their time in North America last week.
But today he has arrived at Buckingham Palace in what could very possibly be his final engagement as part of the clique of ‘senior royals’. It is certainly marked as the final event in his royal diary. The Duke of Sussex ‘swept’ into his grandmother’s London home in order to launch the 2021 Rugby League World Cup as millions tune into watch from around the world.
Prince Harry put on a brace face, shrugging off questions about exactly what his future will entail. The Duke was met in the Buckingham Palace garden by rugby league executives and appeared to cheer up considerably when surrounded by the mud and children on the sporting field.
This comes just hours after a video was posted to the Sussex Royal Instagram account. In it, Prince Harry addresses the camera front on, introducing the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Mental Fitness Charter, a new initiative that will champion the importance of good mental fitness and create a sustainable legacy the sport can be proud of.
Harry detailed that, ‘the perception of rugby league is that you need to be tough, you can’t show your feelings, you have to grin and bear it but something like the Mental Fitness charter will help us make real progress in getting rid of the stigma associated with mental illness. It will remind people that it’s not just about being physically fit, but more importantly mentally strong’.