Prince Harry is the host of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup draw at Buckingham Palace. As a sponsor of the Rugby Football League, the Duke of Sussex is at the center of attention, while representatives of the 21 nations participating in men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions will attend. Prince Harry was seen in the garden of Buckingham Palace before the draw, talking with members of the League while watching the young people play in a field created in the backyard of the Queen’s palace.
The draw is held when the Rugby League World Cup 2021 announced the launch of its Mental Fitness Charter, an initiative that will promote mental well-being throughout the community of players, coaches and families.
And Prince Harry, who has been working for years to change the conversation around mental health, has backed the launch and has become the face of this new campaign.
In a video shared on social media by the official Rugby League account, Harry praised this initiative for helping to change “get rid of the stigma” that surrounds mental health problems.
He said: “The Rugby League is not just a sport, it is a community.
“And one that deals alone.
“For many years, he has been at the forefront of promoting and supporting the physical state of food, working hard to build a positive mindset for everyone involved in the sport.
“So I am proud to support the Physical Fitness Charter of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
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“This is the first time that an important international sporting event has a Central Card that focuses on the mental fitness of the players, coaches, fans and host communities of the matches.”
“This Letter will be based on the brilliant work that is already happening in Rugby League by committing to train and educate everyone involved in the tournament, and the wider Rugby League family, not only on how they can take care of their own mental state but Also support others to do the same.
“This includes teaching mental conditioning workshops for eight thousand young Rugby League players and their families, and training grassroots coaches.
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“And to ensure that the message is transmitted internationally, the 21 participating nations will be encouraged to bring their experiences back home and develop awareness programs on the mental state within their own communities.
“The perception of Rugby League is that you must be tough, you can’t show your feelings, you have to smile and endure it.”
“But something like the Mental Fitness Charter will help us make real progress to get rid of the stigma associated with mental illness and remind people that it’s not about being physically fit, but more importantly, mentally strong.”
Prince Harry’s main role in the draw was announced earlier this month by the executive director of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, Jon Dutton.
He said: “We are delighted and honored that the Duke of Sussex is hosting the draws of one of the most famous landmarks in the world.
“His achievements in driving inclusion in sports with the Invictus Games and his broader projects within the rugby league make him the perfect candidate for the draw.”
This is not the only real duty that Prince Harry will carry out this month, according to a source.
They told PA: “The duke has some meetings here early next week.”
This could mean that Prince Harry will not see Meghan and his son Archie for a few more days.
The Duchess of Sussex returned to Canada last Thursday, where her son had remained in the care of a babysitter.