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The Duke of Sussex will take part in an annual polo tournament in Aspen, Colorado, for charity later today. The event will raise funds and awareness for one of Prince Harry‘s most beloved organisations, Sentebale, which he co-founded in 2006.
The prince will be joined on the pitch by his longtime friend, professional polo player and Sentebale ambassador Nacho Figueras.
During the robin round tournament, called The Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup, Harry’s team will face the Royal Salute and the US Polo Assn teams.
Speaking ahead of the event, the Duke said: “We are delighted to return once again to the stunning grounds of Aspen Valley Polo Club for the annual Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup.
“Sixteen years ago, Prince Seeiso and I founded Sentebale in honour of our mothers’ work in HIV, and named after my mum’s favourite flower, the ‘forget-me-not’ in Sesotho, representing our commitment to always remembering and advocating for those in need. Prince Harry could delay the publication of his upcoming memoir as he ponders over whether to include some “truth bombs”, according to an insider.
One publishing source told Page Six: “I have heard that Harry has some truth bombs in his book that he is debating on whether to include or not.”
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“We are all proud of the support we are able to give the young people of Lesotho and Botswana to feel empowered, healthy, resilient, and able to thrive.
“The funds raised this year will be invested in these communities at a critical time, as inequalities have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
“We are enormously grateful to our partners and supporters here today, especially our long-standing title sponsor, ISPS Handa, for making the day possible.”
This yearly polo tournament takes place yearly at the Aspen Valley Polo Club.
READ MORE: ‘She doesn’t represent anybody’ Harry made Meghan a ‘bigger name’It is the single-largest fundraising event for Sentebale, which was co-founded by Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to support young people affected by HIV and Aids.
The charity started working in Lesotho but, after a successful decade of work, it branched out also in Botswana.
The Duke of Sussex visited some of the activities carried out in the newest arm of his charity in 2019, as part of his and his wife’s tour of South Africa.
Dr Haruhisa Handa, founder of the international sports promotion society, ISPS Handa, praised the work done by Harry and Prince Seeiso, saying it has “changed the landscape for the care of those suffering from HIV/AIDS in Lesotho and beyond”.
It’s not known whether Meghan Markle will join Harry in Colorado to cheer on the Sentebale team.
Prince Harry is a keen polo player – much like his brother Prince William, father Prince Charles and late grandfather Prince Philip.
In early July, the Duke of Cambridge took part in a charity polo match to raise funds for 10 selected charities supported by himself and his wife Kate.
His team came out a winner in the Out-Sourcing Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup 2022 and the event raised more than £1million.Even after relocating to California in March 2020, Harry found a way to continue to enjoy the sport, as he joined a team based at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club.
Called Los Padres, the team was founded by Mr Figueras, who voiced multiple times on his Instagram account his happiness at being joined by his friend Harry.
This charity tournament announcement comes at a very busy time for the Sussexes.
Last week, it emerged the Duke had travelled to Mozambique as part of his work as President of African Parks.Meghan released the first episode of her much-anticipated podcast series, Archetypes, on Tuesday.
The first guest on the show, which aims at discussing the labels that try to hold women back, was tennis star Serena Williams, who discussed how ambition can be perceived negatively by society if it’s championed by a woman.
Finally, in less than a fortnight, the Sussexes will be undertaking a mini tour across the pond to take part in events hosted by associations they are very close to, including One Young World, the Invictus Games and WellChild.
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