Prince Harry has said in a new rugby league 125th birthday video that he would definitely have returned to the UK had it not been for the COVID-19 crisis.
The 35-year-old Duke of Sussex participated in a virtual call along with rugby football league staff and volunteers from his $ 14 million mansion in Santa Barbara, where he currently lives with Meghan Markle, 39.
Prince Harry held his first Zoom quiz for the occasion and joked that if he had participated, he would have had the rest of my family on the other side of the family.
He added: 'We have an entire Rugby League World Cup next year. I definitely plan to come back. Without Covid I would have been back. «
35-year-old Prince Harry hosted his first Zoom quiz during a video call for the Rugby League's 125th birthday. The king spoke from his $ 14 million mansion in Santa Barbara
During the video call, the Duke, who showed up in high spirits when he asked the group how they kept fit, admitted, "It was hard, wasn't it?"
He also invited the first black head coach of a major UK sports team and former rugby league player, Ellery Hanley, to the virtual event.
The Duke expressed his admiration for the way the rugby league people came together "as a family" during this period and how the sport has thrived over 125 years – and his particular admiration for the speed and bravery of the players and players the contribution that sport makes to its communities.
He said: & # 39; watching rugby league is exhausting. Look, I spent 10 years in the army. I know what perseverance is all about. But it's madness.
The Duke currently lives with Meghan Markle, 39, and their son Archie, 1, in his $ 14 million mansion in Santa Barbara
"I think it's amazing to have full respect for everyone who plays the game and a lot of people would be jealous not to be part of that community."
In the meantime, he continued, “It can bring so many families together, bring so many people together… it doesn't matter if you are in the stands, if you are the groundsman, if you are a gamer, if you are a fan or whether you are watching for the first time, every individual is bound by this sense of family. & # 39;
During the virtual call, Prince Harry appeared elated when he hosted his first Zoom quiz.
He asked one participant if she was okay being alone while others were together and joked, "If I were you, I would have the rest of my family on the other side of the camera."
Before reading the six-question quiz, the king also said he had never taken such a quiz.
In January, days after Prince Harry announced his resignation from royal service, he hosted the World Cup draw at Buckingham Palace.
The 2021 Rugby League World Cup will take place in England from October 23 to November 27.
The latest video clip comes out after the release of PrHarry and Meghan are likely to be spending an extended period in the UK next year to attend Trooping the Color and the unveiling of the new Princess Diana statue.
The Duke of Sussex praised the sport over the phone and said he would have "been back if it hadn't been for Covid".
Omid Scobie, co-author of the bombshell biography Finding Freedom, said the 35-year-old Duke and 39-year-old Duchess of Sussex had "many reasons to live in the UK" in the spring and summer of 2021.
On the Heirpod podcast, Omid said, “In March we have the Invictus games in The Hague, which have been postponed. In June we have Trooping the Color, which Prince Harry and Meghan would like to attend, and on July 1st we have the unveiling of the statue [Princess Diana]. & # 39;
On the podcast, Omid stated, "I wouldn't be surprised if the Sussexes were to be in the UK for an extended period next year."
He went on to discuss several engagements for the couple spanning the spring and summer periods, including appearances in The Hague and the UK, before adding, “There are many reasons they should be based in the UK for this period , depending on whether traveling will be back to normal. & # 39;
It comes after Omid Scobie said Meghan and Prince Harry would likely be "spending an extended period in the UK next year" to attend Trooping the Color and the unveiling of the new Princess Diana statue
Omid had previously claimed the Duke and Duchess would be returning to the UK to resume their charity work once travel restrictions on the lockdown wear off.
Speaking to Royal Central, Scobie said the couple "love to get out and be active in the field".
"Harry and Meghan have made it clear that their work in the UK, including their royal patronage, will continue," he said.
"While her base will be in the US, I think we will move her again and make trips to the UK, both privately and professionally."
The co-writer of Finding Freedom has previously claimed the couple would return to the UK if travel restrictions ease amid the coronavirus pandemic
He added: "Much of the work that has already started, including all four of Meghan's patronages, is taking place here on British soil."
But although Scobie pointed out that the Queen told the couple, who resigned as senior members of the firm in March, that the door was "open", he said he didn't think they would return to the UK full-time Royals.
He said, “The Sussexes are more concerned than ever with the issues that matter to them. Work on Archewell – their nonprofit – continues, and as we saw recently, they have established a permanent family base in California.
"Britain will always be important to them, but I don't think we'll ever see that again as working royals."