Prince Harry ended his week-long official tour of the United States by leading the Sentebale Land Rover team to a 4-3 victory at the prestigious Greenwich Polo Club in Connecticut on Wednesday. The match was in aid of the Prince’s charity, Sentebale, which he co-founded in 2006 in honour of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The charity aims to help the victims of extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the small African kingdom of Lesotho.
In a speech to the 400 guests in attendance, Prince Harry spoke about the work of the charity and the importance of the support that it receives. “Without this support, basic needs such as food, shelter and care remain unmet, leaving children vulnerable and very often without much hope in their lives.”
Polo has always been a favourite pastime for the members of the Royal Family. The Duke of Edinburgh was introduced to the sport by his uncle, Earl Mountbatten of Burma. The Duke then co-founded the Household Brigade Polo Club at Smith’s Lawn in Windsor Park where he played regularly until retiring from the sport in 1970. The Prince of Wales was given his first polo pony at the age of fifteen and played for Young England in 1972. He retired from the sport in 2005. Both his sons, Princes William and Harry, are keen players.