Prince Harry sparks furious backlash after latest heartfelt Instagram video backfires

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PRINCE Harry sparked a furious backlash among England Rugby fans with his latest Instagram video update.

Prince Harry faced the fury of England Rugby fans after he appeared in the organisation’s latest Instagram update thanking supporters for their work during the pandemic. The Duke of Sussex, who is a patron of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), admitted to “missing” the game but insisted the pandemic has not taken away the British “spirit.” Despite his heartfelt message, some England Rugby fans took issues with his appearance in the video after quitting royal life earlier in the year.

One angry social media user commented on the Instagram update: “WHY would you put Harry in your excellent video when he defected from the crown and country? He isn’t loyal!!! WHY would your do that???!!!”

Another said: “Why the hell is Harry in this? He abandoned his country and still wants to be relevant.

“You hate the anthem now, yet you still do this?”

One user commented: “How can you agree to stop singing Swing Low?

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Prince Harry said he has been missing rugby during the lockdown (Image: INSTAGRAM)

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The Duke of Sussex faced some backlash because of his Instagram update (Image: INSTAGRAM)

“If this happens I will never look at you or England rugby in the same way and probably not go to another match. And we go to a lot.”

Prince Harry sparked some controversy earlier this week after he backed moves to ban rugby anthem ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” as he claimed the song is “associated with slavery.”

The song was originally written by a freed slave, Wallace Willis, and the lyrics are said to reference the conditions slaves were kept in and the better days to come after freedom.

The National Rugby Union announced they would review the use of the song in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Prince Harry said he supports calls to ban Swing Low Sweet Chariot (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry announced in January he and wife Meghan Markle would step away from royal duties to pursue alternative paths to show their support for the Queen.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they wanted to become “financially independent” from the Crown and spend more time in the United States where Meghan’s mother resides.

Following several meetings with Her Majesty and senior members of the Royal Family, the couple agreed to a one-year trial period after which they will decide whether to resume their duties or put an end to their royal careers for good.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left their duties shortly before their second wedding anniversary (Image: WIREIMAGE)

The couple spent the earlier weeks of their new life in Vancouver, where they had settled down during a six-week family break with their son Archie ahead of their announcement.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since relocated to Los Angeles and have confirmed plans for the creation of a new charitable organisation, Archwell, due to be launched sometime next year.

Despite his departure from royal duties, Prince Harry has remained committed to his long-supported charities such as the Endeavour Fund and the Invictus Games.

The fund passed under the management of the Invictus Games Foundation earlier in June after previously being part of the Royal Foundation Harry and Meghan were part of alongside Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK