Prince Harry made a surprise appearance at the NFL Honours in Las Vegas, an unexpected event following his recent visit to his father, the King, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Despite the challenging time, Harry appeared at the event to present the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year Award to Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward, one of the high points of the night.
Following his visit with the King, where both father and son met for around 45 minutes at Clarence House, Harry returned to the US, having missed the opportunity to see his brother, Prince William, and his sister-in-law, Kate, due to her recovery from planned surgery.
It’s no secret that the royal brothers have had a strained relationship in recent years, particularly following Harry’s decision to step back from royal duties and relocate to the US with his wife Meghan and their two children. Living in America, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been vocal about their criticisms of the Royal Family, including Harry’s recent book, “Spare,” published last year.
Harry’s public appearance at the NFL awards was his first since his father’s diagnosis. During the event, he humorously remarked about the differences between rugby and American football, and later commended the players for their remarkable impact on and off the field.
As he presented the award to Heyward, the sportsman excitedly exclaimed, “Prince freakin’ Harry, I’m just shocked, that’s Prince Harry.” Heyward, the recipient of the award, has established the Heyward House Foundation, which supports various initiatives in the Pittsburgh area, making a positive impact on his community.
The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award not only recognizes a player’s achievements on the field but also their contributions off the field, awarding $250,000 (£198,000) to donate to a charity of their choice. This adds a significant element of philanthropy to the night’s events, making it an occasion of celebration for both sportsmanship and community outreach.