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The Duke of Sussex will continue as the Rugby Football League’s Patron, despite his decision to step back from his duties with the royal family....

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I think that is excellent news. Yes, a patron - like the position of the RL President - is largely ceremonial but I would prefer someone whose involvement might possibly go beyond that. Prince Harry has already shown he has a passion for sports with his involvement in the Invictus Games and as he will now have less formal functions to attend then he might want to give more time to the things HE wants to do ... and hopefully one of those is be involved more with Rugby League.

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As I said on the other thread this is great news. He is a good fit for the game and has generated badly needed publicity. He has already done far more than any other patron that I can remember.

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A rebel man for the rebel code! I love it!

He is also living a few km from my house now, so maybe I can gain favour in his court and have him pass on some instructions to Mr. Rimmer.

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4 hours ago, Damien said:

As I said on the other thread this is great news. He is a good fit for the game and has generated badly needed publicity. He has already done far more than any other patron that I can remember.

Up until now I would have agreed.

Now though I think he is a tainted brand and will (rightly or wrongly) be viewed negatively by the media and large sections of the public - do we need that negative association?

After Megxit there is no way he is going to be coming back to the Uk on a regular basis bar the odd wedding and funeral so cannot see what he is going to do for us. Once he has gone he will be gone

I might be doing him a diservice but suspect that sporting trips home will be Invictus related or to Twickers with his rah rah mates.

Good luck to the lad in his new ventures and homeland. Vancouver looks very nice. We though should be looking elsewhere 

 

 

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By the media? Like The #### and Piers ######’ Morgan and The Daily Blackshirt? Sod ‘em! 

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34 minutes ago, headtackle said:

Up until now I would have agreed.

Now though I think he is a tainted brand and will (rightly or wrongly) be viewed negatively by the media and large sections of the public - do we need that negative association?

After Megxit there is no way he is going to be coming back to the Uk on a regular basis bar the odd wedding and funeral so cannot see what he is going to do for us. Once he has gone he will be gone

I might be doing him a diservice but suspect that sporting trips home will be Invictus related or to Twickers with his rah rah mates.

Good luck to the lad in his new ventures and homeland. Vancouver looks very nice. We though should be looking elsewhere 

 

 

I disagree. Our previous patrons have done nothing for the sport and may as well have not existed. I would much prefer Harry than some token patron like the Queen, who he succeeded.

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I thought the “Prince” is being dropped and he’ll be plain old Harry from now on. Did I get that wrong?

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37 minutes ago, Damien said:

I disagree. Our previous patrons have done nothing for the sport and may as well have not existed. I would much prefer Harry than some token patron like the Queen, who he succeeded.

So from now

1. He will not be in the country much and until the current storm dies off not at all I would suspect

2. Per 1 he will not attend any/many games unless he ventures several thousand miles across Canada to watch the Wolfpack or the Canadian League expands above all expectations

3. If he does come back he will be hounded by the press so promoting rugby league will be the last thing on his mind

4. He is regularly seen at another London sports venue wearing a white shirt with a rose on it thus promoting our sports major competitor.

5.  Rightly or wrongly his circle of "friends" will have diminished so there will not be as many doors that he can open for the game

I am not anti royal at all but In the modern era you have to question whether the game needs to be patronised by a patron anyway but I do think we will not benefit much from his continued patronage. 

I may be wrong and hope to see him chatting with Sonny Bill at a Wolfpack game sometime soon. 

 

 

 

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The thing is that, having consorted with a brown, foreign person, even being involved with RL will be seen as a lesser crime by the tabloid/online hate-mongers.

So, what's to lose? Making weirdo sociopaths like the Mail, the Express, Piers "phone hacker" Moron and Katie "bankrupt again" Hopkins pretend to be angry should be a badge of honour.

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9 hours ago, Copa said:

I thought the “Prince” is being dropped and he’ll be plain old Harry from now on. Did I get that wrong?

Dropping the HRH part.

Day to day he's known as the Duke of Sussex.

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Just now, NOS4A2 said:

Or as granny calls him, that ungrateful little ginger t-sser 

"We never liked your mum and made you walk behind her coffin, why are you so angry?"

Ah well. Not a fan of any of them. But if we have to have a Patron, it might as well be one that people are going to notice.

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1 hour ago, NOS4A2 said:

Or as granny calls him, that ungrateful little ginger t-sser 

Oh, you've done it now! You will be called out on here by the "We-are-all-guilty" collectivist coalition against gingerism.   


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According to Community Southwark, "Patrons are generally non-members. They tend to be someone who agrees to lend their name to your organisation as a way of supporting you, usually because they are well known and able to get media coverage for your organisation and/or bring in donations."

By the way, who heard Ralph Rimmer on Radio Five Live this morning saying (and I paraphrase) that Prince Harry is Patron and that the Canadian -Toronto link might be used?

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1 hour ago, gingerjon said:

Dropping the HRH part.

Day to day he's known as the Duke of Sussex.

I think I need a day to day title also...

His royal majesty of the divine deliverance of Canberra.

Something casual.

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2 hours ago, Copa said:

I think I need a day to day title also...

His royal majesty of the divine deliverance of Canberra.

Something casual.

I thought you already were using a day to day title... Canberra's Online Posting Authority... 

 

better than King Usurper of the Northern Territories... that could get difficult

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I think Harry’s move will put him even more in the limelight.  The more we can encourage him to get behind RL the more positive exposure we’ll get.

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22 hours ago, headtackle said:

Up until now I would have agreed.

Now though I think he is a tainted brand and will (rightly or wrongly) be viewed negatively by the media and large sections of the public - do we need that negative association?

After Megxit there is no way he is going to be coming back to the Uk on a regular basis bar the odd wedding and funeral so cannot see what he is going to do for us. Once he has gone he will be gone

I might be doing him a diservice but suspect that sporting trips home will be Invictus related or to Twickers with his rah rah mates.

Good luck to the lad in his new ventures and homeland. Vancouver looks very nice. We though should be looking elsewhere 

 

 

I don't keep up with the Royal Soap Opera but didn't he want to spend six months in Canada and six months here? 

Has that changed 

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