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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex has revealed he hopes one-year-old Archie will develop the same love he has for the Rugby League. The one downside is, however, the Duke is currently struggling to find mini rugby balls small enough for the toddler, speaking during a Zoom call with former Rugby players, coaches and volunteers from the Rugby Football League.
Prince Harry was joined in commemorating the League’s 125th anniversary by players Gemma Walsh, Emily Rudge, Jamie and Kurgan Jones-Buchanan, Jordan Robinson and Alex Donaghy, as well as volunteer Fionna Everson.
The Duke of Sussex, who now lives in Santa Barbara with his family after stepping down from the Royal Family in March, is the Rugby League’s patron.
Speaking to the group, Harry said: “What I need is a few mini rugby balls that I can then get Archie involved with the game, because at the moment it’s impossible to find any.
“But I’ve got a little space outside, which I am fortunate enough to have so I need to get him playing some Rugby League.”
Prince Harry said he is very thankful to have space to enjoy outside his home.
He added: “I’m just unbelievably fortunate and grateful to have outdoor space and see my son able to be outside, because I know so many people just haven’t had that opportunity in the last five months.
“Our little man is our number one priority but our work after that is the second priority and we are just trying to do everything we can to do our part to make the world a better place.”
The Prince went on to reassure participants of the call he had plans to return to the UK.
He said he is particularly looking forward to the Rugby World Cup, which will begin in October next year.
He added: “I would have been back already had it not been for Covid, so don’t worry.
“You guys and the Rugby League community will have my commitment for as long as I can give it to you.”
Prince Harry now lives in Montecito, an affluent area of Santa Barbara, California.
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The couple’s new home boasts nine bedrooms, 19 bathrooms and other amenities including a library, spa, wet and dry sauna, a gym, game room, arcade, theatre, wine cellar and a five-car garage.
Outdoors, the property has a rose garden, tennis court, tea house, children’s cottage and a pool, reports the International Business Times.
Leading luxury real estate broker Jason Stretfeild, who had an office in Montecito, explained Harry and Meghan will fit nicely into the community.
He said: “It’s the type of neighbourhood where you may not realise who your neighbour is, but you really don’t care.
“It’s not unusual to run into Oprah Winfrey at the grocery store or to be sitting next to Ellen DeGeneres for lunch at the Miramar Hotel.
“It’s a very private and exclusive area, a place where you can escape with an ocean in front of you and the mountains behind you.
“We’re about 90 minutes north of Los Angeles and about four hours south of San Francisco – a unique south facing coastal community that has the Channel Islands directly in front of us.
“Harry and Meghan coming here will certainly create a buzz, but then we’re used to celebrities here.”
Neighbours told the MailOnline that the Sussexes had not been seen, saying residents on the private roads often keep themselves to themselves.
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