Published On: Fri, Nov 8th, 2019

Prince Harry given ADORABLE gift for Archie at event with rugby legend Gareth Thomas | Royal | News


Prince Harry was all smiles as he was handed the adorable little kit from members of the Harlequins rugby team. The Duke of Sussex joined Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas at Twickenham Stoop Stadium this morning to highlight the importance of HIV testing. 

The Duke of Sussex headed to the home of the Harlequins rugby team to congratulate with the former rugby player, who was nominated today HIV Commissioner by Terrence Higgins Trust and the National AIDS Trust.  

This highly emotional visit started with Mr Thomas welcoming to the stadium Prince Harry with a big hug after a handshake. 

Channelling Princess Diana, Prince Harry also hugged Diana Award winner and HIV campaigner Mercy Ngulube.  

Ms Ngulube is the former youth Committee spokeswoman at Chiva Projects, an organisation ensuring young people living with HIV have the knowledge, understanding, skills and support needed to live well and achieve their greatest potential.  

And, like Ms Thomas, she lives with HIV.  

The Duke of Sussex also spoke with Harlequins and England player Chris Robshaw.  

Prince Harry, who is the patron of the English rugby team, deeply passionate about the sport, has been in touch with Mr Thomas since he announced in September this year he is HIV positive.  

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Speaking to Sky News’s reporter Sarah Hajbagheri, Mr Thomas opened up in his relationship with the Duke of Sussex, saying in the past months he has regularly called and texted him to see how he was.  

Speaking about Mr Thomas’s appointment as HIV Commissioner, Prince Harry said “this topic has needed someone like him” to speak out.  

The 45-year-old, who won 100 caps for his country, said in September he was compelled to make such a personal announcement after being threatened by “evils” to reveal his HIV status. 

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Shortly after the announcement, Prince Harry shared a touching message on Instagram, telling the rugby legend: “Gareth, you are an absolute legend!

“In sharing your story of being HIV+, you are saving lives and shattering stigma, by showing you can be strong and resilient while living with HIV.

“We should all be appalled by the way you were forced to speak your truth, it is yours and yours alone to share on your terms and I and millions stand with you. H” 

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