Prince Harry enjoys rugby league event during trip to Leeds

Athletic Prince Harry always seems at home on a sports field. So when he visited Leeds to help out at the Sky Try Rugby League Festival, he loved every minute.

He was joined at the Carnegie Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos, by legendary local player Kevin Sinfield, and the prince also met St Helens great Paul Sculthorpe and the current England captain, Wigan’s Sean O’Loughlin.

Harry thought better of joining in with one of the mini games, but he spent a long time chatting to youngsters, including children from the local Holy Family Primary School, to play the sport.

Prince Harry in Leeds

Nice to meet you: Prince Harry with local schoolchildren (Photo: Press Association)

The prince is a keen supporter of the idea that being active helps with mental health, an issue close to his heart.

Another visit in Leeds today – part of a two-day trip to the Yorkshire city – saw him addressing the Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds event.

Harry has said recently that attitudes towards mental health issues are shifting, but today he stressed: “Let’s not kid ourselves that the job is done.”

Harry at Leeds Leads event

Determined: Prince Harry express support at the Leeds Leads event (Photo: WPA Pool)

He said there was more understanding on the issues and reiterated his commitment to encouraging people to seek help for mental health problems.

“I’m sure we could all be more effective and efficient if we took a moment to process our thoughts rather than rushing from one thing to the next,” he said.

He added: “There is much, much more that we can do at every level to make conversations about mental health as commonplace as those about physical health.”

Later in his trip to Yorkshire, Harry will visit the Haribo factory in Castleford.