PRINCE Harry has called life during the Covid pandemic “these isolated times” as he celebrated 150 years of the England rugby team.
The Duke of Sussex, 36, appeared in a video posted on the England Rugby Twitter account on tonight.
Prince Harry has called life under Covid lockdown ‘these isolated times’
He was speaking ahead of England and Scotland marking the game’s oldest international rivalry when they meet at Twickenham tomorrow.
The game will mark the 150th anniversary of the first ever Test, which took place on March 27, 1871 in Edinburgh.
Dressed in a navy blazer and white shirt, Harry said: “Rugby union has brought joy to millions of people with teams full of great characters and special players.
“In these isolated times, the sheer passion and enjoyment that sport offers can bring great comfort to many.
“As proud patron of the Rugby Football Union, I join millions of supporters across the entire world in celebrating 150 years of England Rugby.”
This comes as royal insiders have said Harry “can’t be half in, half out” of the Royal family if he wants to retains his military titles.
It comes after reports that the Duke will fight to retain the military roles he gave up as part of the Megxit deal pending a one-year review in March.
The Duke of Sussex, who was an officer for ten years in the Army, had his honorary military titles stripped when he quit the royal family with his wife Meghan last January.
Harry lives in California with his wife Meghan and their son Archie
Harry was celebrating 150 years of the England rugby teamCredit: Getty Images – Getty
But senior royal aides told the Daily Mail that it would be impossible for the Royal to have a “half in, half out” role.
An insider said: “The view is very clear – either you are in or you are out, and any form of ‘hybrid’ role is incompatible with representing the head of state.”
It is feared that the dispute could cause further friction between the Palace and the Duke, as a royal source admitted to the Mail the issue was “yet to be resolved”.
Harry is reportedly determined to hold onto his treasured military roles of Captain General of the Royal Marines, Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington and Commodore-in-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, Royal Naval Command pending a one-year Megxit review.
He is currently not allowed to take any particular role using the titles, but they have not yet been handed to other members of the family.
“His military work is one of the most important things to him. Of course he wants to keep them,” a friend told the Telegraph.