Rugby Prince Harry Is All Smiles at Palace Event in First Appearance Since Stepping Down

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Prince Harry is keeping his sense of humor amid the ongoing turmoil in the Royal Family.

At his first official outing since announcing that he and wife Meghan Markle are exiting their roles senior royals, he managed a smile after he was abruptly asked how things were working out.

Appearing at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday to host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws for the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments, the Duke of Sussex was asked by a reporter: “How are the discussions going on your future?”

He didn’t answer, but sources at the palace event say he laughed at the attempt to get his opinion on what’s going on behind-the-scenes since he and Meghan announced they are stepping down as senior royals.

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Harry, 35, was announced as patron of the Rugby Football League in December 2016, succeeding his grandmother Queen Elizabeth who held the role for 64 years.

Ahead of the draws, which were streamed live across the Royal Family and Rugby League World Cup 2021 Twitter and Facebook channels, Prince Harry met with representatives from all 21 nations taking part in the tournament. He also watched children from a local school play rugby league in the Buckingham Palace gardens.

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Later, inside the palace at the draw, Harry talked about the effect that sport had for him. — from his “my younger years but also through Invictus [Games] . . . the impact that it has on individuals playing but the community a

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