The Duke of Sussex beamed as he raced the field in Colorado – raising over £ 2.5million for his charity Sentebale.
But the father-of-two has gone into the field without his family cheering him on – with his wife Meghan Markle and their children Archie, two, and Lilibet, born just two months ago in June, not seen on the scene. hit.
Instead, Harry – who wrote a locked-out memoir that should send shockwaves through the royals – was supported by friends, including Argentine polo player and Sentebale ambassador Nacho Figueras for the match.
Figueras shared a photo of the two of them smiling on Instagram.
He said of Prince Harry: “How lucky I am to be able to accompany you on your mission to make the world a better place for people who are not as lucky as we are.
“It is your commitment and your passion to give back that is my inspiration.
“It was so great spending a few days with you my friend. “
Prince Harry’s side took the win, with the Duke scoring two of their three goals.
The Duke of Sussex took part in the Sentebale, Colorado polo match on Friday after donating £ 1.1million from the proceeds of his upcoming memoirs to the charity he co-founded.
And today’s polo cup raised $ 3.5million (£ 2.5million) for the charity.
This is the first time Harry has ventured out for a public appearance since Lilibet was born on June 4, as the 36-year-old was so far on paternity leave.
However, the prince has remained busy – starring in his wife’s 40th birthday video and revealing news of his upcoming memoirs.
Harry created Sentebale in memory of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in Lesotho in 2006 to help vulnerable children in southern Africa affected by extreme poverty, inequality and the HIV / AIDS epidemic.
The Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup was postponed last year due to the pandemic.
Harry said he was “delighted” to support Sentebale in person and that his donation was one of many he was planning to make to charities.
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The Duke added: “The Sentebale Polo Cup is essential in securing the funds necessary to advance this important mission, and I am delighted to be able to support Sentebale, both in person and financially through a separate charitable donation to meet this immediate need.
“This is one of the many donations I plan to make to charities and I am grateful that I can give back in this way to children and communities who are in dire need of it. “
Harry played on Team Sentebale against Teams Royal Salute and US Polo Assn in a round robin tournament.
Sentebale said the match was his biggest fundraising opportunity and that its postponement last year left the charity in need of extra support, with Harry stepping in to help.
“Because last year’s Polo Cup has been postponed and this year’s one has been drastically and rightly reduced in size and scope, the organization needs additional support to continue its mission,” did he declare.
“To help meet this need, the Duke is donating his time and honors his personal commitment to donate a portion of his proceeds from his upcoming memoirs by generously pledging $ 1.5 million to Sentebale. .
“Sentebale is grateful for his personal contribution, which will allow the organization to continue to operate on a large scale and continue to provide essential services to at-risk youth in southern Africa. “
“NEW ERA OF VISIBILITY”
It comes just a day after Omid Scobie, the Sussexes’ favorite reporter – and who co-wrote their biography Finding Freedom – said the couple were about to enter a new era of visibility.
He revealed that the “flourishing” couple were “really excited” about the busy schedule ahead after their parental leave ends.
“They are a couple who do very well in these moments of human interaction. They have to be on the ground, ”Scobie told PEOPLE.
“They say the proof is in the pudding, and what we’re about to see is this pudding. “
Meanwhile, a royal author accused Harry and Meghan of being ‘desperate to be on the front page at every opportunity’.
Robert Jobson, who was friends with Princess Diana and wrote books on Philip and Charles, denounced the couple “awake” after issuing a wordy statement on Afghanistan.
The couple told fans they were “voiceless” in the face of horror – but then detailed their thoughts in a 218-word document.
In an interview with GB News, Mr. Jobson called the Sussexes’ reaction “nonsense”.
“My feeling about it is that it was the couple who wanted their privacy, they wanted their privacy,” he said.
“They are desperate to be on the front page at every opportunity.
“How they can say they live how borderline the world is at their £ 15million mansion in the heart of California, I really don’t know. “