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Prince Harry admitted he has been missing one of his favourite British sports during his lockdown in LA with wife Meghan Markle. The former Duke of Sussex said he has been pining for rugby as he joined famous faces from the sport to thank the community for pitching in to help during the coronavirus crisis.
Harry, who is patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), appeared in a video montage for England Rugby. The former duke appeared alongside men’s captain Owen Farrell, former England star Jonny Wilkinson, coach Eddie Jones and women’s captain Sarah Hunter.
The Duke, who is living in the US following his decision to step down as a senior royal in March, delivered the opening comments in the video, saying: “We all miss rugby.”
After Owen said: “This pandemic might have paused the game”, Harry added: “But it hasn’t taken away our spirit.”
Since the community game was suspended on 20 March, rugby clubs have been helping with food deliveries to key workers and the vulnerable.
Clubs across the UK have been raising money for charity, making calls to elderly members, and using their facilities for food banks.
Sharing the clip on their Instagram account on Wednesday, England Rugby wrote: “When the game was paused, the rugby family came together as one. Thank you from all of us at England Rugby.”
During the same week, Harry also heartfelt letter showing his appreciation to British Armed Forces veterans who have been delivering meals during the coronavirus lockdown.
The message was shared by RE:ACT on Twitter (formerly named Team Rubicon), who said they were “proud to be involved” in the relief effort.
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The charity has been supporting another organisation close to Harry and Meghan’s hearts – the Hubb Community Kitchen.
The Duke opened his letter by saying: “I am writing to express my sincerest thanks to Team Rubicon following their support delivering meals across London from the Hubb Community Kitchen.
“As you may know, the Hubb Community Kitchen is an initiative incredibly close to my wife’s heart that continues to be supported by the legacy of their community cookbook Together… at a time when there is so much uncertainty and isolation, to see the coming together of organisations my wife and I champion so strongly was truly humbling.”
Harry added: “Your support in offering disaster relief you provided to hundreds of families over the last few months.
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Both Meghan and I send our deepest thanks and best wishes to you and everyone at Team Rubicon.”
RE:ACT said they were “proud to be involved” in their tweet.
The charity said: “Today we’re celebrating #veterans for #ArmedForcesWeek & wanted to share this lovely letter from one #veteran, the #DukeofSussex, to our veteran #volunteers to thank them for their help delivering meals around London from #HubbCommunityKitchen in May. Proud to be involved!”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are starting a new life in the US after quitting royal duties at the end of March.
The couple are currently in lockdown in LA with one-year-old son Archie Harrison Windsor after stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.
They wrapped up their final royal engagements in March before returning to LA for lockdown.
However, the lockdown hasn’t stopped the couple from doing a whole host of charity work.
Harry and Meghan have been supporting causes both in the US and the UK.
Earlier this month, Meghan sent a video message to the Hubb Community Kitchen.
She said: “I’m so proud of you, so is Harry, and we are sending so much love to you from across the pond and thinking of you today, as I’m sure it’s a difficult day, but also one where you can look at how much you’ve accomplished in the past three years, and how you continue to give back and be an example for all of those around you.”
Meghan released her Together cookbook with the Hubb Community Kitchen in 2018.
The kitchen was set up by a group of women following the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 to cook food for the community.
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