Prince Harry, at the latest outing on his visit to the United States, drew a crowd that included stars like Madonna (who was there with Jesus Luz and her son David Banda), actresses Kate Hudson and Chloe Sevigny, and rapper LL Cool J, but also lots of ordinary New Yorkers out for a rare sight: a polo game in the city.
“You see this out in the Hamptons, but not so much in the city,” said Vincent Hodgins of Manhattan, who brought his two sons to watch the prince play.
The Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic was a fundraiser for Sentebale, the charity that Harry has set up with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help poor children and AIDS orphans in that small African nation surrounded by South Africa.
“Prince Seeiso and I both lost our mothers when we were very young,” Harry said in brief remarks before the match. “We set up Sentebale in their memory, and because my mother loved this city, it makes this occasion all the more poignant for me.”
His team, named after the charity, proceeded to defeat the opposing Black Watch team 6-5. Harry assisted on the winning goal in the last seconds, drawing the biggest cheer of the afternoon. Both teams included prominent polo stars like Argentine Nacho Figueras, also a Ralph Lauren model, who played for Black Watch.
It’s good to have royalty back on U.S. soil.
Gallery Info: Prince Harry, Madonna, David Banda, Marc Jacobs, Jesus Luz, Nacho Figueras, Kate Hudson, Chloe Sevigny, Kelly Klein, Hilary Rhoda, Lorenzo Martone, Veronica Webb, Alek Wek, Simone Smith and LL Cool J at the 2nd Annual Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic VIP Party.