Prince Harry spoke of his plans to return home in a surprise video call with rugby league players to celebrate the sport's 125th birthday.
“We've got a whole Rugby League World Cup coming next year,” he said.
“I definitely plan on coming back. I would have been back already had it not been for Covid.”
The duke, who is patron of the Rugby Football League, talked via video link to players, coaches and volunteers from the sport about what it means to them and led the group in a quiz as part of the celebrations.
“It can bring so many families together, bring so many people together,” Harry said.
“It doesn't matter whether you're in the stands, whether you're the groundsman, whether you're a player, whether you're a fan or whether you're a first-time watcher, every single person is bound by this family feeling.”
“I’m so glad you’re home,” Gloria told Meghan, to which the duchess replied: “Me, too, for so many reasons.”
Royal author Omid Scobie – who co-authored the biography Finding Freedom – recently claimed that the royal couple have “many reasons” to be based in the UK next summer.
”In March, we have the Invictus Games, which has been rescheduled, in the Hague,” he told The Heirpod podcast:
“In June, we have Trooping the Colour, which I imagine Prince Harry and Meghan would like to still be at, and July 1, we have the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue.”
He added: “I would not be surprised if we saw the Sussexes spend an extended period of time in the UK next year.”
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