England Rugby fans delighted as Prince Harry makes surprise video appearance

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·2-min read

Rugby fans have shared their delight as Prince Harry made a surprise appearance in a video which shows how the sport has coped during the coronavirus pandemic.

Prince Harry, 35, popped up in the video saying “we all miss rugby” before players including Jonny Wilkinson named training, playing and supporting as things they were missing.

Owen Farrell said: “This pandemic might have paused the game...” as Harry finished the sentence with: “but it hasn’t taken away our spirit”.

The video was put together to thank rugby fans and players for the work they have been doing during the pandemic, and featured teams who have transformed their clubhouses to support their communities.

Fans appreciated the appearance from their prince, with fans writing: “ I love that Prince Harry is in it too!”

Another added: “Awesome video, so happy you all put Harry in it.”

On Twitter plenty of fans reacted to the royal’s appearance with heart emojis and comments on the prince looking “handsome and relaxed”.

Undated handout photo issued by England Rugby of the Duke of Sussex, in a video thanking rugby clubs up and down the country who have pitched in to help out during the coronavirus pandemic, including delivering food to key workers and the vulnerable and raising money for charity.
Harry appeared in a video thanking rugby clubs up and down the country who have pitched in to help out during the coronavirus pandemic. (England Rugby/PA Images)
LUTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex meets pupils during his visit to The Rugby Football Union All Schools Programme at Lealands High School on September 12, 2019 in Luton, England. HRH is the Patron of the Rugby Football Union. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry at The Rugby Football Union All Schools Programme at Lealands High School. (Getty Images)

England Rugby shared the video with the caption: “When the game was paused, the rugby family came together as one. Thank you from all of us at England Rugby.”

It also featured archival footage of the duke, who is a patron of England Rugby, at events during his time as a senior royal.

It comes as Harry backed a review by the RFU into fan favourite song ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’, which has connections with slavery.

Harry said he would support whatever decision the organisation came to over its use. It’s likely to be discouraged, though a ban on the song would be difficult to enforce.

during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 3, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Prince Harry at the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 3, 2015. (Getty Images)

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