Prince Harry arrived at the International Stadium in Yokohama today where he was joined by Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino and other dignitaries, including President Ramaphosa, for the Rugby World Cup Final.
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave their unwavering support to the boys. According to Tutu, the team had “made us all feel good about ourselves.”
The Springboks won with a crushing 32-12, and the moment was only made sweeter by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Prince Harry hugging it out.
Watch: Prince Harry embracing Cyril Ramaphosa
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and their five-month-old son Archie – who was wearing a mini-England onesie – watched the final on TV back home in the UK.
Prince Harry’s alleged allegiance
Prince Harry is patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU). However, netizens seem to believe that he was rooting for the Springboks all along. A user known only as LadyZaa said:
“Prince Harry was secretly supporting us.”
“Can Prince Harry be any more humble? That hug shared between himself and the South African president def had my heart smiling. Congrats to both ENG & RSA for reaching the final. And just like that, [Rugby World Cup] now done. Massive [shout out] to Japan for being such a great host nation.”
Prince Harry warmed up for the RWC by attending a training session for the upcoming Japanese Paralympics. Some of the athletes informed him that they were rooting for South Africa.
According to the Daily Mail, he asked who they would be supporting, and most of them answered in chorus, “England!” However, one Tomoshige Kabetani said he’d be shouting for South Africa. Harry then replied:
“I’ll have a word later. You might not get selected for the Paralympics!”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex concluded their ten-day Royal Tour of Southern Africa last month. The couple met with President Ramaphosa and his wife, Tshepo Motsepe, before heading back to the UK.
The couples exchanged presents during a courtesy call at the Mahlamba Ndlopfu Residence, with Prince Harry and Meghan gifting the president with a stunning photo of ankole cattle called “Mankind”, taken by David Yarrow.