Prince Harry’s first public engagement following his and Meghan Markle’s groundbreaking announcement was one for the ages.
The 35-year-old Duke of Sussex hosted the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw for men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments at Buckingham Palace today. (He is still royal patron of the Rugby Football League, after all.) Usually, rugby isn’t really our thing, but Prince Harry’s facial expressions at the event merit a play by play.
In addition to fulfilling his duties as royal patron, the point of Harry’s inclusion in the draw was to decide which teams will face off with one another when the Rugby World Cup takes place. He basically pulled little labeled ping pong balls like a bingo caller and this was just one reaction.
During the event, the dad of one got serious for a moment when he launched the Mental Fitness Charter, which is a new initiative focused on players’ mental health. Mental health has been at the core of the Duke of Sussex’s platform over the years.
He also took a moment during his address to make this face.
And this one.
Is it just us or does it look like he was just about to say, “Hey girl, hey” here?
And what is this face?!
This is Harry’s first official royal appearance since he and the 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex announced their intention to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family. Since then, Queen Elizabeth has also made an official statement, saying that she and her family had “constructive discussions” about the couple’s future and are “entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family.” She went on to note that “these are complex matters for my family to resolve, and there is some more work to be done, but I have asked for final decisions to be reached in the coming days.”
Next year’s Rugby World Cup will take place in October and November. Let’s hope Prince Harry gesticulates just as much when the games finally roll around.