Royal in Cowtown
Prince Harry traded his family's crown for a cowboy hat on a weekend visit to Cowtown: The Duke of Sussex attended Championship Rodeo in the Fort Worth Stockyards on Saturday, March 5.
Royal reporter Omid Scobie, author of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, tweeted on March 7, "Living his best American life. Prince Harry was in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend and spent Saturday at the historic @cowtowncoliseum for the famous @StockyardsRodeo. The duke was spotted by locals enjoying some good ol’ Southern hospitality and a VIP tour of the venue."
Living his best American life Prince Harry was in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend and spent Saturday at the historic @cowtowncoliseum for the famous @StockyardsRodeo. The duke was spotted by locals enjoying some good ol’ Southern hospitality and a VIP tour of the venue. pic.twitter.com/Em3xAQNLs4— Omid Scobie (@scobie) March 8, 2022
The prince was photographed wearing a rugged hat and visiting with people behind the scenes.
It's not clear why he was at the rodeo or in Fort Worth at all. Fort Worth Stockyards representatives declined to answer questions, as they were not involved in his appearance, a spokesperson said. All questions were directed to Teton Ridge, the producers of the American Rodeo, who sent this statement to CultureMap on March 9:
"As you can imagine we have many guests here at the Stockyards for all of the wonderful Western sporting events that we host. However, just as we respect the privacy of our everyday fans that attend, we also respect the privacy of those of a high-profile nature as well. Thank you for your understanding."
Neither Harry's wife, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, nor his two young children appeared to be with him. The family lives in California.
People magazine reports that Stockyards Championship Rodeo secretary Cindy Reid on Monday posted a photo to social media with the caption, "Where was Prince Harry Saturday night? Oooooh, just hanging out behind the bucking chutes at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo!! Loooove it!! Thank you for the visit!!" The post appears to have been taken down.
People says trainer Cory Melton's company Melton Bull Co. also shared (but later deleted) the image with the caption "Prince Harry hanging out at the rodeo this week ... We get a lot of rodeo royalty but this is the first prince I've seen. Said he was going to enter the bull riding but the airline lost his rigging bag…."
Prince Harry's hat looks to be more an an Australian-type cowboy hat, the same (or similar to) one he was pictured in while working as a "jackaroo" in Australia nearly 20 years ago. Hola! reminds that "Back in 2003, the Duke worked on a cattle ranch in Australia during his gap year."
A representative from Overland Sheepskin Co. in Sundance Square posted on Facebook that he had been shopping there and was "such a down to earth gentlemen."
Prince Harry was recently seen at the Super Bowl in Los Angeles and snapped a pic with Arlington's Mickey Guyton, who sang the National Anthem.
Although it's unclear what brought the prince to Fort Worth, he does have ties to North Texas. He and Meghan gave money to replace the roof at the Genesis Women's Shelter in Dallas after it was badly damaged by Winter Storm Uri last year.
"Through their nonprofit, Archewell Foundation, they are supporting us by replacing the roof at our transitional housing apartment complex and also helping us meet our immediate needs," Genesis said at the time.
Prince Harry and Prince William's childhood chef, Darren McGrady, also lives in the Dallas area. McGrady was recently portrayed in the absurd Princess Diana-film Spencer. It's unlikely they got together for a screening over tea and biscuits.
The historic Stockyards recently was a filming location for Taylor Sheridan's hit Yellowstone prequel, 1883.