It’s only been a week since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they were stepping down from their senior royal duties - but Harry is still continuing with his royal commitments. Just days after a Sandringham crisis summit with the Queen, today the Duke of Sussex will return to Buckingham Palace to host the draw for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
And, in a promotional video for the league, which was released this morning, the royal spoke candidly about mental health, saying that we shouldn’t ‘grin and bear it’ when it comes to our wellbeing.
'It is not just about being physically fit but more importantly mentally strong,’ he says in the video. 'The perception of rugby league is that you need to be tough. You can't show your feelings, you need to grin and bear it.’
The prince added: 'So, I am proud to support the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Mental Fitness Charter. This Charter will build on the brilliant work already happening in rugby league by committing to training and educating all those involved in the tournament, and the wider rugby league family, not only in how they can look after their own mental fitness but also support others to do the same.'
And yesterday, Harry also posted an Invictus Games video to announce that the games for wounded veterans will be continuing in Dusseldorf, Germany in 2022.
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Last week, Harry and Meghan made the shock announcement to step down from their senior duties, deciding that they want to become financially independent - and split their time between America and the UK. Meghan is currently in Canada, where, as a surprise to staff, she recently visited a women’s shelter in Vancouver.