Prince Harry appeared relaxed in the Rugby League World Cup draw on Thursday, his first public appearance a week after the shattering announcement of his withdrawal from the British monarchy with his wife Meghan.
Queen Elizabeth II’s grandson tried his hand at the joke at the long-planned ceremony under the golds of Buckingham Palace, which could be his last public engagement before he flies to Canada to reunite with Meghan, 38, and their eight-month-old son Archie.
“This is not a cooking show”, he launched after having mixed in the cauldron the small balls bearing the names of the participating countries, on the other hand remaining silent on the crisis he triggered within the royal family.
Before, he had told children invited to play rugby in the palace gardens: “Watch out for the lawn, eh?” Otherwise I’ll be in trouble ”.
But before joining his family on Vancouver Island in the far southwest, the Duke of Sussex, 35, will again take part in some meetings at the beginning of next week, probably on his future, according to the press.
One foot in the monarchy
As if nothing had happened, Harry also published a video on Instagram on Wednesday evening announcing that Düsseldorf (Germany) would host in 2022 the next edition of the Invictus Games, a sports competition between wounded soldiers from around the world created on his initiative.
And he animated the ceremony on Thursday by sometimes sketching a smile, under the eyes of the royal correspondents, whose prince does not appreciate the cover of his couple, contributing to his desire to take off.
Reluctantly, the Queen of England Elizabeth II, 93, agreed on Monday to let her grandson and his wife fly to their new life, granting them a period of transition between the UK and Canada, to the ‘from a family council at his residence in Sandringham (east of England).
The Queen had demanded that final decisions be made in the coming days to define the unprecedented status claimed by the couple, who want to keep one foot in the monarchy (and certain advantages) while obtaining the right to live off their work and living part of the year in North America North.
In particular, it is necessary to determine what police protection they will be able to benefit from and how they will be able to earn a living, without conflict of interest with their rank.
Will they be deprived of armed protection from the British police, as the risk of being, according to the London daily Evening Standard on Thursday, Prince Andrew, the second son of the queen, withdrawn from public life because of his links with the American pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein?
Reappeared across the Atlantic, Meghan visited two Vancouver charities working for women in difficulty, posing for casual photos with their members.
Not enough to impress the British tabloids. They did not fail to draw a comparison with her sister-in-law Kate, praising her serenity and joviality during her first joint engagement of the year with her husband Prince William, Harry’s older brother, in the north on Wednesday. from England. “
Kate the dazzling Duchess shows how to do it “, tibe the Daily Mail.
Just as the couple are trying to escape the media pressure, The Duchess of Sussex’s conflicted relationship with her father Thomas Markle is causing the scandalous press, who speculates on the possibility for the septuagenarian to testify in court to defend a newspaper attacked by his daughter for invasion of privacy.
Additional difficulty for the couple: despite their affection for Harry,a strong majority of Canadians (73%) surveyed by the Angus Reid Institute do not want to foot the bill for their installation in the country or their safety.