Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex Plays Polo in California while Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex cheered on.
Prince Harry Plays Polo in California (with Meghan Markle Watching!) on Team Named for His Role as a Dad
Prince Harry and his longtime pal Nacho Figueras claimed victory with their team in the Harry East Memorial Tournament at the Santa Barbara .
The Duke of Sussex, competed in the Harry East Memorial Tournament at Santa Barbara Polo Club, not far from their home with his wife Meghan and their two children: Archie, who turns 3 on Friday, and Lili, who will turn 1 on June 4.
Meghan Markle , The Duchess of Sussex came out to watch the action, cheering from the sidelines as her husband, Prince Harry competed on the field.
She sported sunglasses with a striped blouse and black shorts. Classic Meghan! She was also spotted in a white blazer and sun hat. She was also joined by her good long time friend Markus Anderson.
Prince Harry joined his longtime pal Nacho Figueras — who he frequently plays polo alongside — on a team called Los Padres, which means the fathers/parents in Spanish. They went on to win the tournament.
“Thrilled to be riding alongside my friend, Prince Harry, and the rest of the Los Padres team at the santabarbarapoloclub ‘s Harry East Memorial Tournament,” Figueras wrote on Instagram. “We’ve ridden together many times over the years and now that we’re both parents, it’s extra special to be able to spend this time together.”
Last year, Prince Harry traveled to Aspen for a charity polo match benefiting his charity Sentebale. Harry co-founded Sentebale in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help children affected by HIV in Africa.
During his surprise appearance at the event, he also promised $1.5 million of the proceeds from his forthcoming memoir to the charity.
“This is one of several donations I plan to make to charitable organizations and I’m grateful to be able to give back in this way for the children and communities who gravely need it,” he said in a statement.
Sentebale Ambassador and friend of Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex Nacho Figueras joined the prince in Colorado, posting after the match on his Instagram: “How lucky I am to be able to ride along with you in your mission of making the world a better place for people not as fortunate as us. It is your commitment and passion to give back that is my inspiration. It was so great spending a couple of days with you, my friend.”
Prince Harry has made a point to participate in the charity polo match in recent years. Just weeks after Archie was born in 2019, Princess Diana heir traveled to Rome for his first night away from his son for the event.
In 2018, Meghan supported Harry from the sidelines — and celebrated with a congratulatory kiss after handing over the trophy.
“The world thinks they know everything about this man,” Nachos Figueras, the Argentine polo player once wrote on Instagram ” I have been fortunate enough to spend enough time over the years to learn and understand the man he really is.”
Figueras went on to describe Harry as “a kind, generous, compassionate person who is constantly thinking about how to make the world a better place, wether [sic] that is helping kids in Africa, talking openly about mental health, encouraging children or talking about climate child and all the things that we all human beings need to change for the next generations.”
“I see him do that over and over again and it is truly inspiring,” he continued. “I am honored to be your friend and let’s keep fighting because if we all fight together love always wins.”