Harry and Meghan unleashed a crisis in the British monarchy by announcing that they wanted to reduce their royalty duties and spend more time in North America, in addition to becoming financially independent. Prince Harry greets children at Buckingham Palace on January 16, 2020
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Prince Harry made his first public appearance on Thursday (16) since Queen Elizabeth accepted his grandson's willingness to step aside as a British royal and pursue a more independent future with his wife, Meghan.
Sixth in line to the throne, Harry watched children play rugby in one of Buckingham Palace's gardens before making the draw for the sport's World Cup next year.
The event is his last real appointment scheduled before he and Meghan begin a "transitional period" for their new roles.
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Last week, the couple unleashed a crisis in the British monarchy by announcing that they wanted to reduce their royalty duties and spend more time in North America, in addition to becoming financially independent.
The public announcement surprised other members of the royal family, hurting and disappointing the queen and other family members, royal sources said.
After a family reunion in Sandringham, the queen's country estate in eastern England, it was agreed that Harry and Meghan would split their time between the UK and Canada.
"Although we would prefer them to continue working as full-time royals, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent life as a family while maintaining a valuable part of my family," the 93-year-old monarch said in a statement. rare and strongly personal.