Prince Harry takes first Official Assignment after stepping back from Royal Family

Prince Harry has kicked-off his first official engagement since announcing his plans to step back from the royal family.

The Duke of Sussex arrived at Buckingham Palace on Thursday morning to host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draws.

He met with representatives from all 21 nations taking part in the tournament before watching children from a local school play rugby league in the Palace gardens.

The men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournament groups are to be revealed by the Prince at noon.

Harry chatted to the youngsters during a pause in their exhibition match and then the group posed for a photograph in front of a large group of photographers, cameramen and journalists.

One of the reporters shouted out a question to the duke who has had a turbulent week trying to resolve questions about his future role in the monarchy.

The reporter asked: "How are the discussions going on your future?"

Harry, who was making his way into the palace, only smiled at one of his entourage and did not reply.

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.