HRH The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, is in Rome today to compete in the 2019 Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at the world-renowned Roma Polo Club in downtown Rome, Italy. The Duke will be playing alongside his close friend Nacho Figueras as captain of the Sentebale St. Regis Polo Team.
Last year, the team of Prince Harry won the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in England. Prince Harry is playing polo since his childhood. The sport has a particularly sentimental connection fort he Duke and the Duchess. Back in May 2017, Meghan talked for the first time about her reltionship to Harry as his girlfriend while watching him play polo.
The annual invitation-only fundraising event raises money for Sentebale, the charity founded by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso, which supports vulnerable children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana in southern Africa.
The U.S. Polo Assn. will again be the official apparel partner for the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup 2019. In addition, U.S. Polo Assn. will be one of the team sponsors, playing against The Duke of Sussex’s Sentebale St. Regis team in what should be a very competitive game.
The Duke of Sussex’s Sentebale St. Regis team will be captained by Nacho Figueras and include Sarah Siegal-Magness and Michael Carrazza while the U.S. Polo Assn. team will include brand ambassador Ashley Busch, Malcolm Borwick, Chet Lott and Cable Siegal-Magness. The Sentebale St. Regis team will be defending its championship title from last year’s event.
St. Regis, partners of Sentebale for ten years, has long been associated with the world of polo, beginning at the turn of the last century when St. Regis’ founding family, the Astor’s, were a prominent fixture at the matches on Manhattan’s Governors Island. That association continues today, expanding around the world alongside the brand’s growth. The past few years have seen St. Regis hosting spirited polo matches in Aspen, the United Kingdom, India, Thailand, Singapore, Dubai and South America, among other global destinations.