Prince Harry to attend England vs New Zealand – but will Meghan be with him?
Prince Harry will be at Twickenham to see England take on New Zealand on Saturday.
The Duke of Sussex will lay a wreath before the match as part of the Remembrance Day commemorations.
He will meet Lancelot Slocock and Ronnie Coulton, descendants of two England captains who died in the First World War, and also spend time with players supported by The Rugby Charity.
Kensington Palace has not confirmed whether or not Harry’s wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will be in attendance.
The couple, who tied the knot at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in May this year, are expecting their first child next spring.
The announced their news on the eve of last month’s Royal Tour, their first as a married couple.
Harry and Meghan had 76 engagements in 16 days as they visited Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
And they might both be rubbing shoulders with Kiwis again on Saturday when England host the All Blacks.
It’s no secret that Harry, Patron of England Rugby, is a huge fan of the sport.
Given the 34-year-old’s connections to the Armed Forces – he served in the Army for 10 years – the match on Armistice Day weekend is likely to hold particular importance for him.
This year marks 100 years since the armistice was signed between the allies of the First World War and Germany in Compiegne, France, on November 11, 1918. It effectively brought an end to the conflict.
Kensington Palace confirmed Harry’s attendance on Twitter.
England beat South Africa 12-11 in the first of their Autumn Internationals last weekend.
Head coach Eddie Jones believes recalled winger Chris Ashton hold the key to victory on Saturday.
He said: “To beat New Zealand you have to score tries, and Chris can sniff a try from anywhere.
“The skill he has cannot be coached. The only thing you do with guys like that by coaching them is stuff them up. So you give them a free rein and a framework to operate in, make them feel good about themselves, make sure they have got a smile on their face and away they go.”
On the Sale man’s controversial ‘Ash Splash’ diving celebration, he added: “I don’t care what he does as long as he gets the ball down because for our players this is a chance to change English rugby history.”
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