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Prince Harry has settled into the California polo scene.
The British royal, who is sixth in line to the throne, is treated as ‘one of the guys’ during his weekend polo tournaments at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, which is near the Montecito home that he shares with his wife Meghan Markle and their two children.
“Prince Harry looks so comfortable and happy on the polo field, and everyone treats him like he’s just one of the guys,” an observer told People magazine on Wednesday.
The source shared that the 37-year-old team has already won two tournaments.
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“His presence this season has brought a really cool vibe to the club, but it hasn’t changed the way the games have been played – it’s business as usual, and all the teams are fighting for the win,” said said the Observer, adding that the prince is a “very fierce competitor”.
As for Markle, the insider revealed to the outlet that the former Hollywood actress has attended numerous matches and “seems extremely supportive.”
Harry’s longtime pal, model and polo player, Nacho Figueras, 45, recently took to Instagram and shared a snap of his squad which was taken by his daughter Aurora.
“Excited to be riding alongside my friend Prince Harry and the rest of the Los Padres team at @santabarbarapoloclub’s Harry East Memorial Tournament,” he captioned the snap. “We’ve ridden together many times over the years and now that we’re both parents, it’s very special to be able to spend this time together.”
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“The name Los Padres was inspired by the land’s proximity to the Los Padres National Forest and also by our relationship as fathers,” the star added.
Harry grew up playing polo in his native country alongside his older brother Prince William. He regularly plays polo with Figueras, who was one of the first to meet Harry’s firstborn, Archie.
In 2020, Figueras told Fox News Digital how, like his close friend, he grew up with sports.
“I started playing polo on a farm in Argentina when I was little,” he explained. “So I think the good thing about starting polo when you’re a kid is you don’t really think about it. You just like being outside riding. So I think it’s it’s just having fun on the farm with other kids and just running around, not really knowing what you’re doing. So I have the best memories of me growing up riding and playing polo with some kids. other children.
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Earlier this month, Buckingham Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend Platinum Jubilee celebrations across the pond. However, they will not be on the palace balcony when Queen Elizabeth greets the public on June 2, as they do not work in the royal family.
Markle became the Duchess of Sussex when she married the prince in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as British media intrusions and racist attitudes towards the Duchess. The family now resides in the coastal town of Montecito.
After stepping down from royal duties, they gave an explosive TV interview to Oprah Winfrey in March 2021, in which the couple described painful comments about how dark Archie’s skin was before he was born. Markle has opened up about the intense isolation she felt within the royal family which led her to consider suicide.
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Buckingham Palace said the couple’s allegations of racism were “worrying” and would be dealt with privately.
In June of that year, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The name pays homage to both Harry’s grandmother, whose surname is Lilibet, and his late mother, Princess Diana.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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