The Duke of Sussex will today conduct his first public engagement since announcing that he and his wife Meghan will be stepping back as senior royals.
It comes as the duchess was spotted on a visit to a second women’s charity in Canada since breaking her cover after leaving the UK amid the ongoing royal discussions.
Images of Meghan visiting the Justice for Girls group on Wednesday have been posted online, after she earlier visited the Downtown Eastside Women’s Center in Vancouver.
At her latest meeting she discussed climate justice for girls and the rights of Indigenous peoples, the group said.
Harry will host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, where he will meet with representatives from all 21 nations taking part.
The duke will remain in the UK into next week, despite rumours claiming he was preparing to fly to Canada to be reunited with Meghan and baby son Archie.
The Queen has agreed to the wish of her grandson and his wife to step back as senior royals, become financially independent and split their time between the UK and Canada.
Reports claim the duke is remaining in the UK to hold further discussions about his future role in the royal family, but Buckingham Palace has released no further updates since the Queen’s personal statement on Monday.
A source said: “The duke has some meetings here early next week.”
Harry’s official engagement on Thursday will see him host the Rugby League World Cup draws for the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments.
Prior to the draw taking place, Harry – who was announced as patron of the Rugby Football League in December 2016 – will watch children from a local school play rugby in the palace gardens.
The draws will be streamed live across the royal family and Rugby League World Cup 2021 Twitter and Facebook channels.
The world cup tournament runs from October 23 to November 27 2021 in 17 cities across England, with 16 men’s, eight women’s and eight wheelchair teams from 21 nations taking part.
In another sign that the duke is attempting to carry on as normal, he launched the next leg of his Invictus Games, for wounded and injured service personnel and veterans, with an Instagram video on Wednesday evening which announced the event will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 2022.
In the footage posted on the official sussexroyal account, Harry said: “I hope everyone in Germany is ready for what will be an incredible week of sport!
“I have no doubt that the German public will get right behind these Games and that every single competitor can expect a warm welcome and an amazing atmosphere.”
The duke and duchess have also dropped their claim to be “internationally protected people” from their website, indicating there may be an issue over their round-the-clock security funded by the taxpayer.
The classification entitled them to the same level of protection offered to heads of state, but the Times reported it was removed from sussexroyal.com a day after the new site was launched last week.
Meghan, who flew back to Canada before senior royals met at Sandringham to discuss the couple’s future on Monday, has been photographed in the province of British Columbia visiting the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in Vancouver.
She discussed “issues affecting women in the community”, according to a photograph posted on Facebook by the shelter.