One of Prince Harry’s closest friends took to Instagram this weekend to write a touching note about how much their relationship means to him.
The new dad was in Rome, Italy last week to compete in the Sentebale Polo Cup with Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras. The match is an annual fundraising event for Harry’s Sentebale charity, which helps children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho and Botswana, and Nacho usually captains a team that also includes Harry.
“The world thinks they know everything about this man,” Nacho wrote in an Instagram post that included a photo of Harry hugging him after the match. “I have been fortunate enough to spend enough time over the years to learn and understand the man as he really is, a kind, generous, compassionate person who is constantly thinking about how to make the world a better place…”
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The world thinks they know everything about this man. I have been fortunate enough to spend enough time over the years to learn and understand the man he really is, a kind, generous, compassionate person who is constantly thinking about how to make the world a better place, wether that is helping kids in Africa, talking openly about mental health, encouraging children or talking about climate change and the things that we all human beings need to change for the next generations. I see him do that over and over again and it is truly inspiring. I am honored to be your friend and let’s keep fighting because if we all fight together love always wins.
Nacho went on to state his admiration for Harry’s many philanthropic endeavours, including Sentebale and the Invictus Games, the prince’s mental health work, and his advocacy for endangered species and the environment.
“I see him do that over and over again and it is truly inspiring,” Nacho continued. “I am honored [sic] to be your friend and let’s keep fighting because if we fight together love always wins.”
This year, Nacho also passionately defended Harry when reporters asked him what he thought about Harry leaving new son Archie Harrison at home to attend the polo event.
“I am a father of four and sometimes duty calls,” Nacho said, according to HELLO! UK. “This is 24 hours away from the house. I think he’s doing just fine. He’s a wonderful father and very present and he’s here for an amazing cause, so I don’t see that as a problem.”
Nacho, who was born in Argentina, is one of the top-ranked polo players in the world, and is often called the David Beckham of the sport. He attracted the attention of royal watchers at last year’s Sentebale charity polo match, when he photobombed a picture of Harry and Duchess Meghan kissing while he was trying to hand Harry the trophy. The smooch was very similar to one between Harry’s mom and dad Princess Diana and Prince Charles after a 1987 polo match. In 2017, Meghan made her first appearance as Harry’s girlfriend at one of his polo events.
Any funds raised during this year’s 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.