Prince Harry has a royal engagement scheduled for later this week

By Heather Cichowski

There have been many questions about the future of the Sussexes following the news that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan planned to "step down" as senior members of the Royal Family, including whether they will still carry out engagements during their "period of transition" from their roles.

Royals fans should be happy to know the Duke of Sussex intends to conduct a draw for next year's tournament for the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments at the 2021 Rugby World Cup. There will be "restricted media access" at the event, which will be held on Jan. 16 at Buckingham Palace, but it will be livestreamed, according to The Guardian.

The engagement will mark Harry's first since he and Meghan made their surprising announcement on Jan. 8.

Harry congratulates the South African rugby team after they won the Rugby World Cup in Japan late last year. Photo: © David Ramos - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images

"We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages," the Sussexes wrote on Instagram when they revealed their news.

It appears the duke is honouring his commitments. Harry is patron of the Rugby Football League. He gained the patronage in Dec. 2016, succeeding the Queen, who previously held the role for an amazing 64 years.

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Harry is a big sports fan and he "believes that sport has the power to change lives for the better," according to the official royal website. He has championed sports as a way to help young people gain valuable life skills and confidence and to help wounded servicemen, servicewomen and veterans with their mental and physical recovery. The latter goal being the focus of the Invictus Games.

In terms of rugby, Prince Harry presented the trophy to the Warrington Wolves at the Coral Challenge Cup final at Wembley in Aug. 2019.

Victory! Prince Harry presents the trophy to the Warrington Wolves at the Coral Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Aug. 24, 2019. Photo: © Paul Harding/PA Images via Getty Images

The Duke of Sussex also lent his support to former Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas after he publicly announced he was HIV-positive in 2019. In November, Harry and Gareth posed with the Harlequins rugby club and Harry received a jersey with Archie's name on it! Earlier that month, Harry had also travelled to Japan, where he watched South Africa win the Rugby World Cup.

Harry grins as he holds up a tiny "Archie" jersey with Gareth Thomas and the Harlequin rugby club members on Nov. 8, 2019 in London. Photo: © Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool / Getty Images

Prior to Harry and Meghan's decision to step down, the couple stepped out to Canada House in London. They met with Canada's High Commissioner to the UK, Janice Charette, and thanked staff for the warm hospitality they received from our country during their six-week break from royal duties.

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