Prince Harry has said coronavirus is the only reason he hasn't returned to the UK following his March move to the United States with wife Meghan Markle.
The Duke of Sussex, who lives in Santa Barbara, California, with Meghan and son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, made the revelation during a zoom call with staff and volunteers from the Rugby Football League.
He also vowed to visit his home country next year for the Rugby League World Cup and told players, coaches the sport is just as "exhausting" as being in the army.
Speaking from his new mansion, Prince Harry said: "We've got a whole Rugby League world cup coming next year.
"I definitely plan on coming back. I would have been back already had it not been for Covid."
The Duke of Sussex added: "Watching Rugby League is exhausting.
"Listen I spent 10 years in the army, I know what endurance is all about. But it's madness.
"Full respect to anyone that plays the game, I think it's amazing, and a lot of people would be jealous not to be part of that community."
Prince Harry also expressed his love for the sport, which he said had "thrived" since its birth in 1895.
Days after announcing that he would retire from royal duties with wife Meghan Markle earlier this year, Prince Harry hosted the World Cup draw at Buckingham Palace.
The Rugby World Cup is set to take place in England between 23 October and 27 November next year.
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Speaking on the Zoom call to mark the sport’s 125th birthday, Harry added the sport can bring "so many people" together.
Prince Harry said: "It can bring so many families together, bring so many people together.
"It doesn't matter whether you're in the stands, whether you're the groundsman, whether you're a player, whether you're a fan, or whether you're a first-time watcher, every single person is bound by this family feeling".
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