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Prince Harry moves into the spotlight with rugby role and Brit Awards appearance

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Harry, who joined his brother William at the England vs Wales Six Nations rugby match in Twickenham, has just been appointed vice patron of England's Rugby Football Union
 Photo: © PA

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The flame-haired royal, pictured chatting to a Royal Marine before the match, will also appear on screen at next week's Brit Awards
 Photo: © PA

08 FEBRUARY 2010

His brother will one day be King, but far from walking in Prince William's shadow, Harry is increasingly moving into the royal spotlight.

That much was clear this week as his name was greeted with huge cheers as he took to the pitch at the England vs Wales Six Nations rugby match in Twickenham.

The reason for the warm reception was the news that the third-in-line to the throne has just been appointed vice-patron of England's Rugby Football Union.

It's a post which will no doubt lead to some good natured rivalry with his older brother, who holds the same position for Wales.

Twenty-five-year-old Harry will also be the centre of attention at next Tuesday's Brit Awards, after it's been announced he will appear on screen in a happy birthday video message in recognition of the event's 30th year.

It'll be the first time the event has received a royal nod in its three-decade long history.

"The Brits is a celebration of all that is totally outstanding and unique about British music," says Harry.

"And what’s less well known about the BRITs is the fantastic work it does raising millions of pounds for the Brit Trust which has benefited thousands of young people to develop their talents and generally enrich our society."

Music lover Harry, who is known to be a fan of rapper Dizzee Rascal and attended the X Factor final, is apparently desperate to attend the ceremony. He has asked his army bosses to give him a day's leave from his helicopter training course so he can go.

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