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The Duke of Sussex in the saddle for the annual charity polo tournament in Colorado

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The Duke of Sussex is due to take part in an annual polo tournament in Aspen, Colorado today to raise money and awareness for his charity Sentebale.

Harry will play for the Sentebale team, joined by his long-time friend and association ambassador: Argentinian polo player Nacho Figueras.

They are to face off against the Royal Salute and US Polo Assn teams in a round robin tournament.

The Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup is held annually at the Aspen Valley Polo Club and is the largest fundraising event for the charity to further its mission on behalf of the youth of Lesotho and Botswana.

It is not known if the Duchess of Sussex will take part in the tournament to encourage her husband.

It is unclear if the Duchess of Sussex will take part in the tournament to cheer on her husband (Matt Dunham/PA)

Sentable was established in 2006 by Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho.

The charity works with children and young people in southern Africa whose lives have been affected by extreme poverty, inequality, HIV/AIDS and, more recently, Covid-19.

Ahead of the event, Harry said: “We are delighted to once again return to the beautiful grounds of Aspen Valley Polo Club for the annual Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup.

“Sixteen years ago, Prince Seeiso and I founded Sentebale in honor of our mothers’ work on HIV, and named after my mother’s favorite flower, the ‘forget me not’ in Sesotho , representing our commitment to always remember and stand up for those in need.

“We are all proud of the support we are able to provide young people in Lesotho and Botswana to feel empowered, healthy, resilient and able to thrive.

“The funds raised this year will be invested in these communities at a critical time, as inequalities have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

“We are extremely grateful to our partners and supporters here today, especially our long-time title sponsor, ISPS Handa, for making this day possible.”

We are delighted to once again return to the beautiful grounds of the Aspen Valley Polo Club for the annual Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup… We are all proud of the support we are able to provide to the young people of Lesotho and Botswana to feel empowered, healthy, resilient and able to thrive.

The Duke of Sussex

Dr Haruhisa Handa, founder of the international sports promotion society, ISPS Handa, said the work carried out by Harry and Prince Seeiso had “changed the landscape of care for people with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho and beyond. “.

Sentebale’s 2021 Annual Report, released this year, highlighted the socio-economic impact that Covid-19 has had on individuals, organizations and communities in Lesotho and Botswana.

The two African countries have the second and fourth highest HIV prevalence rates in the world respectively, and the report highlighted how many of the challenges children and young people face have been exacerbated by the pandemic.