Prince Harry Reprises Past Role as Cowboy at Texas Rodeo

Prince Harry has been photographed in a cowboy hat as he visited a Texas rodeo—almost 20 years after he worked on an Australian cattle farm.

Queen Elizabeth II is known for her love of horses but the Duke of Sussex looked a long way from the top hats and tails of Royal Ascot during a visit to Fort Worth on Saturday, March 5.

The Duke of Sussex was photographed at The Stockyards Championship Rodeo soaking up his latest dose of American culture.

Cindy Reid, rodeo secretary, wrote on Instagram: "Where was Prince Harry Saturday night? Oooooh, just hanging out behind the bucking chutes at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo!! Loooove it!!"

Harry worked as a jackaroo, or Australian cowboy, during his gap year abroad in 2003, six years after the death of his mother Princess Diana.

It was the 19-year-old royal's first experience of living outside Britain, before his stint in the Armed Forces.

Harry worked mustering cattle at a ranch in the Australian outback owned by two friends of Diana's, Annie and Noel Hill, in Southern Queensland.

He was pictured at the time riding a horse appropriately named Guardsman, seemingly in reference to the British Army soldiers who historically guarded the British monarch.

Harry's spokeswoman at the time, Colleen Harris, was quoted in U.K. broadsheet the Daily Telegraph: "He will be working as a jackaroo, mustering cattle on horseback and will be paid the going rate.

"Hopefully [the media] will leave him alone so he can get on with it and learn about farming and agriculture here in Australia, which he is very keen to do."

The rodeo visit is Harry's latest exposure to American culture after he was pictured at the Super Bowl with Princess Eugenie.

The prince's cousin became the first royal known to have visited Meghan and Harry out in California since they moved to the U.S. in 2020.

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The pair watched the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 before Harry was pictured meeting Cedric the Entertainer.

The following weekend, Harry and Meghan were photographed having dinner with Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, suggesting it was more than a flying visit.

In February 2021, comedian James Corden also took the duke on an open top tour of Los Angeles in which they visited the house used in filming of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Harry and Meghan have supported Texas before, donating to a Genesis Women's Shelter and Support after a record breaking storm damaged the roof of the Dallas domestic violence service provider.

Prince Harry Working as a Cowboy
Prince Harry during his gap year as a Jackaroo Cowboy on a cattle ranch in the outback in Australia on November 27, 2003. He visited a rodeo in Fort Worth on March 5, 2022. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images