Prince Harry smiles at the Palace Event for the first time since he stepped down

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

He didn’t answer, but sources at the palace event said he laughed at trying to form an opinion about what was going on behind the scenes.

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Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Later, in the palace at the draw, Harry spoke about the effect the sport had on him. – from his “younger years, but also through Invictus [Games] , , , The impact it has on individual players but on the entire community is remarkable. “

“And I not only continue to see that sport changes lives, but also saves lives. For me and many of you, whether rugby league or sports in general, everyone has the opportunity to be in every life if possible. “

The Rugby League World Cup is the culmination of the Rugby League and will be held in 17 cities in England from October and November 2021. Twenty-one nations – including Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, France, Greece, Jamaica, Italy, Ireland, Lebanon, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga and Wales – will fight for the world champions. It is the first time in tournament history that men, women and wheelchair events take place simultaneously.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex issued a statement last week expressing their intention to “work out a progressive new role in this institution”.

Although the details are still being worked out, Meghan and Harry want to “focus on their own concerns with a little less coercion and still support the institution and the monarch,” says a friend.

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She continued, “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time employees of the royal family, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Queen Robert Lacey’s royal historian and biographer notes that the monarch’s testimony was “incredibly personal.”

“I can’t remember a royal statement that gives the impression that the queen herself speaks so much,” he says to PEOPLE. “The use of sentences like” My family and me “is very moving. It clearly shows their desire to solve everything. “

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“They didn’t want to deal with it that way, but Meghan and Harry’s hand were forced,” says the friend. “There is so much bad blood in this family – it’s toxic.”

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