On Sunday, Prince Harry made another appearance playing in a polo league with his friend Nacho Figueras, but unlike the pair’s last outing in May, things didn’t exactly go to plan. According to the Daily Mail, Harry, who is listed as “H. Wales” in the four-player lineup, took a tumble off his horse and the four-man team called Los Padres lost their match 12 to 11. Harry was photographed on the ground in a green and white team uniform, but the outlet reports that both Harry and the horse were unharmed in the fall.
The polo outing at the Cancha de Estrella polo club in Santa Barbara marked Harry’s first appearance since he traveled to the U.K. for the Platinum Jubilee with wife Meghan Markle and their two children, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor. Meghan, Archie, and Lili stayed home on Sunday, but Harry did get the opportunity to catch up with his friend David Foster and Foster’s wife Katherine McPhee, who is an old pal of Meghan’s. He was also spotted talking to Figueras’ wife, Delfina Blaquier.
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Harry made his first return to the pitch after moving to the U.S. last summer, when he and Figueras played in a tournament for Sentebale, Harry’s charity that also counts Figueras as an ambassador. In an April Instagram post, Figueras explained the inspiration behind calling their team Los Padres. “The name Los Padres was inspired by the proximity of the field to the Los Padres National Forest and also by our connection as fathers,” he wrote. “We’ve ridden together many times over the years and now that we’re both parents, it’s extra special to be able to spend this time together.”
At previous matches, Meghan watched her husband from the sidelines, making headlines on May 22 for wearing a black-and-white polka dot blouse reminiscent of one of Princess Diana’s famous outfits from a 1980s polo event. Both Prince Charles and Prince Phillip were avid polo players in their younger years, and Harry learned to play with his brother, Prince William. The pair last played together publicly during a July 2019 match.
During the Platinum Jubilee, Harry and Meghan only appeared at one public event, a service of thanksgiving in honor of Queen Elizabeth that took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The couple reportedly visited the queen at Windsor Castle while in the U.K. and later celebrated Lili’s first birthday at Frogmore Cottage, their Windsor home, but seemingly did not visit with William or Kate Middleton during their time in Britain.
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