Prince Harry arrived in Japan on Saturday for the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final between England and South Africa.
This is the Duke of Sussex’s first official visit to the country, according to a press release from Buckingham Palace. His wife, Duchess Meghan, and son, Archie, did not join him on the visit.
Upon arrival in Tokyo, Harry visited Para Arena, a para-sport training center, where he watched different training sessions. He also met with Japanese athletes hoping to qualify for 2020 Paralympics, which will be held in Tokyo.
Harry then spent some time with local schoolchildren, including from the Yokohama area, where Paralympics Great Britain will be based for training before the Games.
Lastly, the duke attended the Rugby World Cup Final at Yokohama Stadium, where England played against South Africa.
He sat beside and chatted with Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino during the game.
Prince Harry talks to Japan's Crown Prince Akishino during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa. (Photo: ODD ANDERSEN, AFP via Getty Images)
After the match, Harry spoke to players of the South Africa team following their victory against England.
Prince Harry walks with Para-Athlete Power Lifter Eri Yamamoto as he visits the Nippon Foundation Para Arena on Nov. 02, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Handout, World Rugby via Getty Images)
Harry, who is a Patron of the Rugby Football Union, previously attended the Rugby World Cup Final in Paris in 2007, when England played against South Africa.
Despite the nearly 12-hour flight, the visit is going to be a quick one for Harry. He is scheduled to return to England on Sunday.
In September, Harry completed a 10-day royal trip to South Africa with Meghan. During their tour, they couple visited a 225-year-old Cape Town mosque, shopped for jeans and more.
On the tenth and final day of Harry and Meghan’s royal tour, the couple met Grace Machel, widow of the late Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The couple also brought along 5-month-old royal baby, Archie, marking the tour as their first official foreign trip as a family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also in the midst of a legal battle with the British tabloids.
Legal and media experts predict this latest attempt by royals to rein in the unrestrained practices of the rowdiest media rags probably will not end as well as the couple hope.
It might even mean they would have to testify in court if the cases go to trial. The royals generally avoid appearing in court so Harry and Meghan would be the first to do so in more than a century. There would be no escaping that media spotlight.
The tabloids are standing by their stories and vowing to fight vigorously against the lawsuits, arguing they have done nothing wrong.
Contributing: Maria Puente
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