Prince Harry attends first royal event since crisis talks with queen over Megxit

Prince Harry returned to his royal duties on Thursday for the first time since Queen Elizabeth II held a pivotal summit to discuss the future of his family amid the Megxit announcement.

Harry is expected to carry on as normal, with no immediate plans to be reunited with his wife Meghan Markle, who traveled to Canada after the couple released a bombshell statement last week announcing their wish to step back from royal duties. He is set to carry on meetings into next week, Britain's Press Association reported.

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Prince Harry gestures in the gardens at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, Jan. 16 ahead of hosting the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw.

Prince Harry gestures in the gardens at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, Jan. 16 ahead of hosting the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The monarch brokered a deal on Monday that determined there would be "a period of transition'' to sort out the complicated matter of how to be a part-time royal. Meghan and Harry will spend time in both Canada and the U.K. as things are sorted out.

In his first engagement since the crisis emerged, Harry will host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw at Buckingham Palace.

Britain's Prince Harry greets schoolchildren in the gardens at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex will host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw at Buckingham Palace, prior to the draw, The Duke met with representatives from all 21 nations taking part in the tournament, as well as watching children from a local school play rugby league in the Buckingham Palace gardens. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Britain's Prince Harry greets schoolchildren in the gardens at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex will host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw at Buckingham Palace, prior to the draw, The Duke met with representatives from all 21 nations taking part in the tournament, as well as watching children from a local school play rugby league in the Buckingham Palace gardens. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

In the meantime, he has released two video statements on causes he has long championed: mental health and the Invictus Games.

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The Duke met with representatives from all 21 nations taking part in the tournament, as well as watching children from a local school play rugby league in the Buckingham Palace gardens.

The Duke met with representatives from all 21 nations taking part in the tournament, as well as watching children from a local school play rugby league in the Buckingham Palace gardens. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

In the first video, he introduced a new initiative to champion the importance of mental health for those who play rugby. The initiative aims to combine sport with mental health awareness at a time when suicide is the leading cause of death for men between the ages of 20 and 49 in the UK.

In footage posted on the Sussexroyal Instagram page, he also launched the next leg of the Invictus Games for wounded service personnel and veterans. The event will be held in Dusseldorf in 2022.

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Prince Harry listens to Rugby League World Cup 2021 ambassador James Simpson in the gardens at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday.

Prince Harry listens to Rugby League World Cup 2021 ambassador James Simpson in the gardens at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

"I hope everyone in Germany is ready for what will be an incredible week of sport!'' Harry said. “I have no doubt that the German public will get right behind these games and that every single competitor can expect a warm welcome and an amazing atmosphere."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.