According to professional polo player Nacho Figueras, his old friend Prince Harry finally met his match in his wife Meghan Markle.
Figueras, who competed against his longtime pal at the Sentebale Polo Cup on Thursday in Colorado, revealed that he feels like the Duke of Sussex now has the family he’s always dreamt of. The polo player explained to People, “[My wife] Delfi and I have known Harry for a very long time. I know firsthand how much he wanted to have a family. He found an amazing teammate, or partner, in Meghan. They love each other very much; their children are lovely.”
Figueras has also gotten ample opportunity to catch up with the Duke of Sussex this year as they have been playing together on the Los Padres team at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. “Being able to be with them for the last two months only made me happier—seeing them be a lovely family with their kids and their dogs, and that’s really what he always wanted,” he added. “I’m very happy for them.” The Argentinian player noted that getting to compete as teammates with Harry has also made their friendship stronger than ever. “Being able to play with him for two months in a real competition with the Los Padres team was a dream come true for me, and maybe for him too—we should ask him,” Figueras joked. “We got to spend a lot of time together on the field, off the field with our families. We really bonded more than we’ve ever bonded before, being able to be with him so much.” Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the royal is also “very competitive. He plays very well, he rides very well—it’s an honor to be his teammate.”
The professional polo player first met Harry in 2007 at a charity match benefiting Sentebale, the organization founded by the royal in 2006 along with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help children in Southern Africa affected by poverty, inequality, and HIV/AIDS. Most recently, the charity has also turned its attentions to helping alleviate the effects of COVID-19 and the pandemic. Figueras said that, “From day one, I saw how committed he was to his charity. Fast forward 15 years, I’ve been to Lesotho with him a few times, and I’ve seen what great work the charity does and how important it is for a lot of kids, how committed he is, how much he really cares about it.”
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