GREENWICH, Conn. – Britain’s Prince Harry complimented the American people for their generosity and touted the successes of his charity for African children as he wrapped up a weeklong trip to the U.S. with a polo match in an affluent New York City suburb.
The prince’s team won 4-3 after he scored a game-tying goal Wednesday afternoon at the Greenwich Polo Club to benefit Sentebale, the charity he co-founded to help poor children and AIDS orphans in the small African nation of Lesotho. Greenwich ranks among the wealthiest towns in America.
“Thank you for a wonderful week,” Prince Harry said in a speech before the match. “I have witnessed the extraordinary generosity of the people of this great nation.”
The match drew an invitation-only crowd of about 400 including supermodel Karolina Kurkova and fashion designers Jason Wu and Valentino, who posed for pictures on a red carpet at the club on their way to lunch with the prince.
Greenwich is home to many celebrities and hardly unaccustomed to fanfare. But for some, the royal visit of the 28-year-old prince was still cause for celebration.
The polo club, founded by billionaire Peter Brant in 1981, has hosted other British royals including Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, in 1987 and Torquhil Campbell, the Scottish Duke of Argyll, in 2012.
Brant said Wednesday that Harry’s father and grandfather were good players and he was excited to watch Harry play at his club.
“It’s a great honour,” he said “It’s great for polo.”
Dressed in a navy-colored suit, white shirt and no tie, the prince arrived at the club in the late morning with Brant and his wife, model Stephanie Seymour.
Prince Harry thanked people for their support of the charity.
“The HIV pandemic continues to leave thousands of children without parents and family structures to guide them through life,” the prince said. “Without this support, basic needs such as food, shelter and care remain unmet, leaving children vulnerable and very often without much hope in their lives.”
The prince, the son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, began his visit to the U.S. on May 9. He is third in line to the British throne, after his father and older brother, Prince William.
Harry caused a scandal on his last trip to the U.S. when he was photographed frolicking nude with an unidentified woman in a Las Vegas hotel suite in August.