Prince Harry's hidden message in first appearance since Megxit

Royal renegade Prince Harry has appeared in public for the first time since announcing his departure from his famous family last week - and he may have a hidden message for his followers. 

While his wife Meghan Markle hides out in Canada, avoiding the fallout from the pair's sudden decision to ditch their roles as senior royals and move out of the UK, Harry hosted a Rugby League World Cup event at Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

In what could be his final official royal engagement before following US-born Markle overseas, Harry helped draw the teams for the World Cup and chatted with young aspiring sportspeople. 

Footage of the occasion was posted on the Sussex Royal Instagram story, featuring the Stone Roses hit 'This is the One' - a song which features the lyrics "I'd like to leave the country" and "burn the town where I was born". While those words didn't play out in the snippet posted online, The Daily Mail says it is "inconceivable" the couple's advisers weren't aware of the lyrics.

Harry's appearance came after he also helped launch a Mental Fitness Charter for the league. It will "champion the importance of good mental fitness and create sustainable legacy the sport can be proud of".

The Duke of Sussex's legacy, however, is up-in-the-air after reportedly enraging the Queen by ignoring her order and making the announcement that he and Markle would no longer be full-time royals. The announcement last week also highlighted their desire to become financially independent.

After Buckingham Palace initially appeared to throw cold water on that idea, the Queen eventually reluctantly gave into the couple's demands and allowed for a "transition" period in which they would split their time between Canada and the UK.

The BBC reports that when asked about his plans for the future at the event, Prince Harry gave a "loud laugh" and dodged questions.

Harry did a hongi.
Harry did a hongi. Photo credit: Reuters.

Having played rugby while at school, Harry has been a Patron of the Rugby Football League since December 2016. The Queen previously had that role for 64 years.