Prince Harry made a surprise appearance at the NFL Honors, just hours after returning from a brief trip to the U.K. to visit his father, King Charles, who is undergoing cancer treatment.
The Duke of Sussex attended Thursday's NFL Honors to give out the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year to Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward.
"All you guys do on and off the field is truly remarkable," said Harry, 39, before presenting the award.
"You are role models for millions in the way you carry yourselves and the way you give back. This final award -- the highest honor -- is all about serving your community.” he added
Harry continued, “And there's one special man we'd like to pay tribute to now. A player who goes above and beyond and whose extraordinary commitment to helping others is a reflection of his own story.”
Heyward was thrilled to receive the award from Prince Harry, expressing his excitement onstage."Man, Prince freaking Harry. Man, I'm in shock. That's Prince Harry," exclaimed Heyward as he accepted the award.
Prince Harry's presence at the event occurred shortly after his return to California from a brief visit to his father, King Charles, who recently received a cancer diagnosis.
For the unversed, the NFL Honors is an annual event that celebrates the top players, coaches, and teams in the NFL.
This year's ceremony was hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and drew a crowd of notable celebrities, including Issa Rae, Janelle Monáe, Aly Raisman, Flavor Flav, Demar Hamlin, Justin Hartley, and Gayle King.
In 2022, Prince Harry made his inaugural appearance at the Super Bowl alongside his first cousin, Princess Eugenie.
Following the victory of the Los Angeles Rams, he was observed paying a visit to the team in their locker room.
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