Prince Harry

Duke Of Sussex Hosts Rugby League World Cup Draw - His First Royal Duty Since Queen Talks

Prince Harry attended the 2021 Rugby League World Cup draw at Buckingham Palace.

The Duke of Sussex has carried out his first public engagement since announcing he and the Duchess will be stepping back as "senior" royals.

Prince Harry smiled and shook hands with children ahead of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw at Buckingham Palace.

The Duke was given a rugby demonstration by the youngsters from a local school during the event.

He posed for a team picture, and chatted and joked with the children. 

"Look after the grass though, yeah? Otherwise, I'll get in trouble," Prince Harry said.

As he smiled for the group photo in front a large group of the media, one reporter shouted out:  "How are the discussions going on your future?"

The Duke, who was making his way into the palace, just smiled at a member of his entourage and did not reply.

The Queen granted a "period of transition" for the Sussexes (Picture: PA).

His appearance comes just days after The Queen agreed to a "period of transition" for the couple.

His wife Meghan, and son Archie, are currently in Canada, but the Duke is expected to remain in the UK into next week to continue talks on his future.

In the Sussexes' announcement last week, they said they planned to split their time between the UK and North America.

The statement stated the couple would maintain a commitment to their patronages, which includes the Invictus Games - the competition Prince Harry founded in 2014.

On Wednesday, he announced the 2022 Invictus Games will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Prince Harry visits Royal Marines in Devon 200219 CREDIT Royal Marines Twitter
Prince Harry was made Captain General of the Royal Marines in 2017 (Picture: Royal Marines).

Prince Harry, who served in the Army for 10 years, also holds numerous military titles.

As a patron of the Rugby Football League, the Duke helped with the live draw for the World Cup in the palace's grand throne room.

He picked the first ball which decided the opponent for England men's opening game - Samoa.