Prince Harry spent the weekend visiting Tokyo to celebrate the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but as the Duke of Sussex always does, he spent most of his time with students and organizations that are making a positive difference in their community. This particular group also have very good taste in Gingers, with one student telling the prince he was handsome. Normally, we’re big proponents of shooting your shot, but not when it comes to teenagers and adults.
The prince was visiting with a group of school children when one student appeared to yell the word ‘handsome’ and hold up her ring finger. Harry also held up his finger and pointed to his ring, sweetly saying “I’m married.” Playfully waving to the group and indicating that he was flattered, Harry’s response elicited laughter from the student and the rest of the group. We’re not sure which is cuter – the student telling the Duke he is handsome or Prince Harry thinking there are actually people in the developed world who didn’t see his 2018 wedding to wife Meghan Markle on TV.
The Duke of Sussex meets Paralympic hopefuls in Tokyo ahead of rugby final
He warmed up for the Rugby World Cup final at a training session for would be Japanese Paralympians and discovered that one or two of them were rooting for England’s opponents. #PrinceHarry #Tokyo pic.twitter.com/eXxeXAFhUt
— The Royal Family Channel (@RoyalFamilyITNP) November 2, 2019
Prince Harry met the students while he was visiting the Para Arena training center in Tokyo, where he also spent time with Paralympic hopefuls ahead of the rugby final. His visit, including the interaction with the school children, was featured in a four-minute video posted to the Royal Family’s Family Channel on Twitter. Most of the video features Harry speaking with athletes and posing for pictures, with the Duke’s visit to the Para Arena training center no surprise. The Duke started the Invictus Games in 2014, an international sporting event that centers around nine sporting events that have all been adapted to include wounded or injured veterans or members of the armed services.
The official Instagram account for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also posted a picture of Harry with the students and athletes at the training center, pointing out that Japan will become the first country to host two Paralypmic Games when Tokyo welcomes 4,000 athletes in 2020.
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Hello Japan! 👋🏻🇯🇵 • The Duke of Sussex has arrived in Japan ahead of today’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Final. First stop is a visit to the new Para Arena training centre, a fully accessible venue to provide equal opportunities to the local community. The Duke met with local Paralympic hopefuls as they participated in training sessions including wheelchair rugby, boccia, and powerlifting. This was especially meaningful to His Royal Highness, who five years ago founded @WeAreInvictusGames – which uses the power of sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation of wounded veterans who have physical or mental injuries. Japan is the first-ever country to host two Paralympic Games! Next year Tokyo will welcome over 4,000 athletes from around the world, creating a huge opportunity to help celebrate and promote diversity. Thank you for the warm welcome, and good luck with all the training and preparation! We look forward to seeing you all compete in the @Tokyo2020 Paralympic Games next year! • 日本の皆さん、こんにちは！👋🏻🇯🇵 • サセックス公爵殿下は、本日のラグビーワールドカップ2019決勝戦を観戦するために来日しました。 観戦に先立って日本財団パラアリーナを視察しました。この施設は、パラリンピック競技普及の環境改善と地域社会に平等な機会を提供する目的で建設され、すべてがユニバーサルデザインで作られています。 殿下は、パラリンピックに向けてトレーニングに励む日本の車いすラグビー、ボッチャ、パワーリフティングの選手らと交流しました。スポーツの力を利用し、身体・精神的な怪我を負った退役軍人の支援と回復を促す@WeAreInvictusGamesを5年前に設立した殿下にとって、今回の視察は思い入れが深いものでした。 日本は世界で初めて2度目のパラリンピックを開催することになる国です。東京は来年、世界中から4,000人以上のアスリートを迎えます。多様性を祝い、促進する大きなチャンスとなることでしょう！ 皆様の温かい歓迎を心より感謝します。トレーニング、頑張ってください！来年の@Tokyo2020パラリンピックで皆様の雄姿を拝見するのを楽しみにしています Photo © SussexRoyal/PA
Later in the day, Harry watched England lose to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup, sharing his thoughts on Instagram. Writing that ‘tonight was not England’s night,’ Harry congratulated his native country’s players before applauding the South African team. “To the whole of South Africa – rugby unites all of us in more ways than we can imagine, and tonight I have no doubt that it will unite all of you,” says Harry, who adds that following his recent trip to Africa with wife Meghan and son Archie, “I can’t think of a nation that deserves it more. Well done and enjoy!”
Always a class act. And handsome. Always handsome as well.
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Congratulations South Africa! Rugby World Cup champions 2019! • “Tonight was not England’s night, but the whole nation is incredibly proud of what @EnglandRugby have achieved over the past few months. Hold your heads high boys, you did an outstanding job and we couldn’t have asked more from you. To the whole of South Africa – rugby unites all of us in more ways than we can imagine, and tonight I have no doubt that it will unite all of you. After last month’s visit, I can’t think of a nation that deserves it more. Well done and enjoy! Arigatu gozaimasu Nihon 🇯🇵” – The Duke of Sussex #RWC2019 #RWCFinal Video © @rugbyworldcup Photo © PA