The royals were out with full enthusiasm over the weekend as the men took to the polo field and seemed to have a fantastic time while in their sporting element.
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Prince William and his younger sports enthusiast brother, Prince Harry, enjoyed the matches at the Audi Polo Challenge Saturday, getting into a little bit of sibling rivalry while showing off their skills on horseback. The Telegraph relays the scene during the match that saw the young royals involved in a bit of horse play.
“The princes showed off their horsemanship in London’s Coworth Park, watched by celebrities including actor Tom Hardy.The two royals are playing a number of matches throughout the summer in aid of charities including wildlife charity Tusk and Sentebale, an organisation founded by Prince Harry which helps vulnerable children from Lesotho.”
Unfortunately, Prince Harry, though an avid polo player, seemed to have tweaked an old injury while partaking in the event. The sporty redhead was seen seeking the assistance of an onsite physiotherapist and also walked away from the match massaging his back. The publication relays the history to the Prince’s back pain, noting that Harry experienced the same back issues last year at the same event.
The royal family has turned to polo as a go-to sport for many years, and their participation in the sport goes a long way back.
“Members of the royal family have been keen polo players since King Edward VIII took up the sport as Prince of Wales. Prince Charles started young, playing on his first polo pony San Quinina when he was 15 as part of a team captained by his father in 1963. And although he retired from the sport in 2005, both Princes William and Harry are now keen players.”
Prince Harry (& William) will play in a bunch of charity polo games this summer. Prepare yourself for this hotness pic.twitter.com/kHfHAquJW1
— Alyssa Ashton (@AlyssaJAshton) May 27, 2016
As aforementioned, all of the Princes’ polo playing throughout the summer will go towards various charities, and the two royals’ efforts have definitely paid off to this point. The brothers have been responsible for raising millions for the causes they support, as Hello Magazine shares.
“To date, William and Harry have helped raise £9.5million for charities through various polo tournaments, including the Sentebale Polo Cup, and this summer’s matches will see this total pass the £10 million mark.”
As noted, last year William and Harry played 8 matches and raised £800,000 to benefit 17 organisations. They hope to raise a similar amount with their efforts this year. The first of this year’s matches includes that which took place on Saturday. All money raised will go toward Sentebale, Tusk, The Royal Marsden, and WellChild.
The remainder of charities on the list of 17 organizations also includes the English Schools Swimming Association, Fields in Trust, Irish Guards Appeal, MapAction, SkillForce, RFU Injured Players Foundation, The Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, and the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust.
The events often draw in some rather famous faces. Last year saw the likes of Clive Owen, Samuel L. Jackson, Emily Blunt, and Chris Hemsworth.
Royal watchers always look out for the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, to attend the matches, and it is likely that the busy mother of 2 will make her way to an event or two over the summer.
— Heads Together (@heads_together) May 26, 2016
Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry are additionally involved in advocating and supporting a mental health initiative entitled the “Heads Together Campaign,” which the three attended a kick-off for recently. The Huffington Post shares the words of the young royals in regards to the initiative.
” ‘Mental health is just as important as physical health,’ the Duchess said in a PSA for the charity. ‘We can all play our part by helping and listening to each other and helping each other find support,’ Prince Harry added before his big brother, William, concluded ‘Let’s get our heads together and change the conversation of mental health.’ “
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