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Prince Harry made his first public appearance since announcing his plans to step back as a senior member of the royal family alongside his wife, Meghan Markle.

The Duke of Sussex hosted the Rugby League World Cup Draw for the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. Prior to the draw, the prince watched as kids played rugby on the palace grounds. 

The Rugby League World Cup on Thursday introduced the “2021 Mental Fitness Charter,” described by the Sussex Royal Instagram account as “a new initiative created by the RFL that will champion the importance of good mental fitness and create sustainable legacy the sport can be proud of.”

At one point during the event, Emily Andrews, a royals reporter for The Sun, said the prince laughed off a question about his future as a royal.

“Prince Harry ignored questions from the media in BP garden about how discussions are progressing on his and Meghan’s future,” Andrews tweeted. “He had his back to the media but apparently laughed when the first question was asked. He’s still got his sense of humour!”

Harry took over as patron of the Rugby Football League in December 2016, a position that Queen Elizabeth II had previously held for 64 years.

Rugby Prince Harry with Jon Dutton (left), chief executive of the Rugby League World Cup 2021, and Leeds Rhino player James Simpson

Rugby Harry poses with children from a local school after watching them play rugby in the Buckingham Palace gardens before the Rugb

Rugby Harry makes a face during the event at Buckingham Palace. The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will take place from October 23 thr

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced last Wednesday their intention to step back as “senior” members of the royal family, split their time between the U.K. and North America and work to gain financial independence. 

Following their announcement, Princes Charles, Harry and William gathered with Queen Elizabeth II at Sandringham Estate on Monday to hammer out deta

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