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Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to hit New Zealand for Lions' tour?

Could a royal rugby visit be on the cards?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Is rugby-mad royal Prince Harry set to make a surprise trip to New Zealand to catch the British Lions in action when the rugby team visits for their tour next month?

It’s the question that on everyone’s lips right now, and comes hot on the heels of an announcement that the Prince will visit Singapore and Sydney next month.

Harry’s trip to Singapore will be his first, and he'll mark the occasion with a royal appearance at a charity event on June 5 at the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Club.

From there he’ll jet to Sydney for a visit that includes a celebration of Australia’s hosting of next year’s Invictus Games – an international sporting event launched by Prince Harry which recognises ill and injured service men and women.

Prince Harry with former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw at the 2015 Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham. Photo: Getty Images
Prince Harry with former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw at the 2015 Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham. Photo: Getty Images

At this stage it’s not known whether Harry’s girlfriend, Suits star, Meghan Markle will join him.

A royal spokewoman said no plans had been confirmed yet as to whether Prince Harry, or Prince William, would make it to New Zealand for the Lions’ tour, according to a report by NZME.

Both are fanatical rugby fans, and are steadfast supporters of the British team. Given William travelled to New Zealand for part of the 2005 Lions’ tour, it’s entirely possible Harry could pop across the ditch to take in one of the big matches here.

It’s expected that around 25,000 international rugby fans will fly in from the Northern Hemisphere to support the Lions tour which kicks off on June 3 and runs through to July.

The massive rugby event will see the Lions take on the All Blacks for three tests, with the first clash scheduled at Eden Park on the last Saturday in June.