Prince Harry is ‘loving life in US but wants to teach Archie to play rugby’

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Prince Harry has said he is "loving his fantastic" new life in the US with Meghan Markle, and has revealed he wants to teach Archie how to play rugby.

The Duke of Sussex recently moved from Los Angeles’ Hidden Hills to a $14 million (£10.5m) mansion in Santa Barbara, California and has been conducting Zoom calls from the house to mark the Rugby League's 125th anniversary all weekend.

Yesterday, Prince Harry vowed to be home for the Rugby World Cup League in the UK next year and revealed more about his LA life to Ellery Hanley MBE today.

He told Hanley, a former England rugby league player and coach, that he is "loving" his "fantastic" life in the US.

In a clip released today, Prince Harry was asked by Hanley if he is enjoying life in the US, to which he said: "Oh easy question. I am loving it. It's fantastic."

He then joked that it is "impossible" to get hold of any rugby balls in the states and said he wants to find "mini rugby balls" so he "can get Archie involved in the game".

The Duke of Sussex said: "What I need is a few mini rugby balls that I can get Archie involved with the game… I've got a little bit of space outside which we're fortunate enough to have.

"I need to get him playing some rugby league, but I am unbelievably fortunate and grateful to have outdoor space and see my son outside as I know so many people haven't had that chance in the last five months."

Prince Harry then added Archie is his "number one priority" and he and Meghan put work second to their son.

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He added: "Our little man is our number one priority and then our work is our second priority to play our part to make the world a better place."

The Duke of Sussex said the family are "constantly aware" of their luck to have outside space during the pandemic and emphasises with those "stuck in high rise blocks of flats and can't even see outside space".

He believes the last five months of lockdown will play a huge part "in the next five-ten years as far as mental health is concerned".

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Prince Harry said: "All of us take so much for granted and so many people have said Covid is a virus and it doesn't discriminate between classes and it's like, no, I've spoken to people and I know a lot of people who are stuck in high rise flats and they can't even see outdoors, they can't even see a bit of grass.

"I am constantly aware of that, though it's not my environment, that's one thing we need to be constantly aware of for the next 10, 15 years as far as mental health is concerned.

"This is why again I think that the Rugby League community and any community who have spent time together need to know what they're looking out for."

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