Prince Harry to travel to Italy next week – for a good cause

By Zach Harper

Dad’s heading back on the road! Prince Harry has had a whirlwind last week. Duchess Meghan gave birth to their first child, Archie Harrison, last Monday, and the two debuted their new bundle of joy to the world two days later. The very next day, Harry left mom and new baby behind for a quick jaunt off to the Netherlands, where he launched the official countdown for the 2020 Invictus Games, which The Hague will host. And now, he’s set to head back to the continent.

Harry will be in Rome on May 24 to compete in the 2019 Sentebale ISPS Hand Polo Cup. The event will benefit his Sentebale charity, which he and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho founded in 2006.

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You might remember the incredible moment during last year’s Sentebale match, which was held in Berkshire, England, when Harry and Meghan “recreated” an iconic kiss had by Prince Charles and Princess Diana after one of the Charles’s own polo matches in 1987. Then, Diana was presenting Charles with a prize at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor. Back in 2017, Meghan made her first appearance as Harry’s girlfriend at one of his polo matches.

In this now iconic smooch, Harry and Meghan locked lips while Ignacio Figueras tried to present Harry with the trophy at the 2018 Sentebale charity match. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, the man “photobombing” Meghan and Harry with the Sentebale Polo 2018 trophy, will join Harry on the field this time, and will captain the Sentebale St. Regis team. Due to Archie’s birth, Meghan is unlikely to attend this year’s match with Harry, so unfortunately royal watchers won’t be able to glimpse another epic PDA.

Harry learning sign language on a trip to Lesotho with Sentebale in 2013. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Any funds raised during the match will go to Sentebale’s work supporting southern African youth whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Lesotho has the second highest rate of HIV infections in the world, and about 37,000 of the country’s children under the age of 14 have the virus, according to UNAIDS.

The royals have long loved polo, and Harry inherited his enthusiasm for the sport from dad Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales, who gave up polo in 2005, was first gifted a polo pony from his father Prince Philip when he was 15, and played competitively until 1992.

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