Prince Harry made a surprise appearance at the NFL Honors annual award ceremony in Las Vegas. This event marks the Duke of Sussex's first public outing since his brief visit to London to meet with his seriously ill father, King Charles III, as reported by Page Six.
The British monarch's son presented the evening's top award, the 2023 Man of the Year, to Pittsburgh Steelers' defender Cameron Heyward. During his speech, Prince Harry chose not to discuss the widely reported news about his father's health or their short meeting. Instead, the Duke gave a thanksgiving speech to the athletes.
"What you do on and off the field is truly remarkable. You are role models for millions," said Charles III's son in his address to the athletes.
The Duke also called Heyward "a football player who gives his all" and highlighted his "exceptional dedication to helping others."
Pittsburgh Steelers' defender was honored with the highest award for his work with the Heyward House charity, which aims to assist children in need of additional support from various social strata.
As Page Six journalists note, Heyward was visibly shocked by the unexpected appearance of a member of the British royal family at the event in Las Vegas.
Shortly before this, Prince Harry flew to the UK for the first time in several months to meet with Charles III, who had been diagnosed with cancer. The father and son's meeting lasted only about 45 minutes, after which the Duke of Sussex returned to the USA.
Earlier, Prince William broke his silence after the news of Charles III's illness. The heir to the British throne attended a gala dinner organized to support the Air Ambulance Charity. At the event, the future king thanked everyone for their support and confessed that the evening helped him distract from the problems looming over the royal family.