Prince Harry Makes Appearance At Rugby League Challenge Cup Final During Summer Break

Duty called for Prince Harry, who has been patron of the Rugby Football League since 2016.

The Duke of Sussex attended the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final on Saturday at Wembley Stadium and met with players and coaches from the National Year 7 boys champions.

The meet and greets didn’t end there as the Duke also took time to speak with the Leeds Rhinos Women team who won the Women’s Challenge Cup on Saturday and the Wheelchair Challenge Cup Final winners.

Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt
Action Images via Reuters/Adam Holt

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“Well done to everyone who played in today’s heat! Amazing performances from both winning teams, commiserations to St.Helens and Ireland. Whether you support League or Union, or both, it’s been a great day for rugby overall! Congratulations Warrington and congratulations England. Warrington fans, you were exceptional! Safe journey home to all,” Prince Harry noted.

In a post on Instagram from the SussexRoyal account, he added, “Well done to everyone who competed and contributed to this year’s RFL Challenge Cup! The competition is a great example of inclusivity, sportsmanship and community, and the opportunity for players and clubs of different backgrounds to work and play together in the spirit of sport.”

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Today, The Duke of Sussex attended the 118th Rugby Football League Men’s Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. From The Duke of Sussex: “Well done to everyone who played in today’s heat! Amazing performances from both winning teams, commiserations to St.Helens and Ireland. Whether you support League or Union, or both, it’s been a great day for rugby overall! Congratulations Warrington and congratulations England. Warrington fans, you were exceptional! Safe journey home to all.” • As Patron of the RFL and RFU, roles he actively embraces, The Duke has continued to keep a close eye on Rugby League’s most historic competition and was excited to attend this tradition that’s been celebrated for 118 years. The Challenge Cup, a tournament that ranges across wheelchair, female and male competitors (and features amateur, semi-professional and professional clubs) makes it the only knock-out tournament of its kind to include teams from all levels of sport. Well done to everyone who competed and contributed to this year’s RFL Challenge Cup! The competition is a great example of inclusivity, sportsmanship and community, and the opportunity for players and clubs of different backgrounds to work and play together in the spirit of sport. Photo ©️ PA images / @rugbyfootballleague

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The engagement comes right after Harry and Meghan Markle took a trip to the south of France with baby Archie after Elton John invited them to stay at his villa.

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In around a month’s time, the trio will make their first family trip to Africa for Archie’s first official overseas tour.

 

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