Prince Harry Ends U.S. Tour with Exclusive Polo Match in Greenwich

By Ryan Hanrahan, Audrey Washington and LeAnne Gendreau
|  Thursday, May 16, 2013  |  Updated 12:21 AM EDT
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Prince Harry Tours U.S.

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Britain's Prince Harry turns to the ball during the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup charity match in Greenwich, Conn.

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Prince Harry's United States tour ended on Wednesday at an invite-only polo match in Greenwich, Conn., held by the Greenwich Polo Club.

As Prince Harry's Senetebale team defeated the St. Regis team, led by Ralph Lauren model and Argentine player Nacho Figueras, stands full of models and millionaires watched on.

Supermodels Stephanie Seymour and Karolina Kurkova and designer Jason Wu were among the names in the crowd.

In all, only about 400 attended the event, which called for a minimum donation of $5,000.

The day that started off chilly and rainy ended in sunny warmth, and the outcome was equally bright for the charity.

It is expected to raise more than $1 million for Sentebale, a charity the 28-year-old prince co-founded in memory of his mother, Princess Diana. He co-founded it with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help vulnerable children in the southern African nation.

Prince Harry led the Sentebale team during the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, winning 4 to 3.

After the match, the prince was headed back home to England.

Prince Harry arrived in Greenwich just before noon and took a tour of the polo grounds. During lunch, the prince and guests dined on mini-lobster rolls and other meals fit for a prince.

In advance of the royal visit, local shops had decorated with British flair, among them Atelier 360, which held an event on Tuesday in advance of the prince’s visit.
 
"The pictures that I've seen, he's definitely cute. That whole family is extremely good-looking,"
the shop's co-owner Véronique Lee said.

Some locals were hoping to get a glance at the young royal, but the polo match was invitation-only.

"It is royalty. We don't have royalty in the United States," said Lynn Capstick-Dale of Greenwich.

Greenwich Polo Club owner Peter Brant, who is also Stephanie Seymour's husband, was an official. Brant said Sentebale contacted him about hosting the event, and it was an honor to do so.

 


 

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