Smiling Prince Harry joked that he could be getting into even more trouble with the Queen after letting children play rugby on the precious Buckingham Palace lawn.
The Duke of Sussex made his first public appearance since shocking the world by announcing his family's intention to step back from 'The Firm'.
He hosted the Rugby League World Cup draw for the tournament which in being held in England next year.
After, he took some delighted youngsters from a local school outside to have a game.
Harry smiled and said: "Some of you are really warm … Some of you haven't been running around.
"Look after the grass though yeah? Otherwise I'll get in trouble," he added as he went inside.
He met with representatives from all 21 nations taking part in the tournament before the Prince began the process of revealing the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournament groups alongside Dame Katherine Grainger DBE and Jason Robinson OBE.
England will face Samoa first in Group A with France and Greece completing the group.
Group B is made up of Australia, Fiji, Scotland and Italy; Group C New Zealand, Lebanon, Jamaica and Ireland.
Group D will see Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Wales and the Cook Islands come together.
In the women's draw, England, Papua New Guinea, Canada and Brazil will compete in Group A, with Australia, New Zealand, France and Cook Islands on the other side of the tournament.
When one reporter asked: "How are the discussions going on your future?" he smiled.
Harry's appearance today is his first since he and Meghan announced their intentions to step back from their senior roles in the royal family.
The Sussexes said they wanted to become financially independent and intended to split their time between Britain and Canada.
The bombshell announcement led to a two-hour Sandringham summit, after which the Queen released a rare statement saying she would have preferred the pair to remain as full-time royals.
On Tuesday the Duchess was seen for the first time since last week's announcement.
The Duchess of Sussex was photographed arriving at a seaboat on Vancouver Island to fly to the mainland in Canada after leaving a $14million waterside mansion where the couple stayed during the festive season.
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will take place from October 23 to November 27 in 17 cities across England.
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