US celebrities flocked to see Prince Harry play a charity polo match in New York yesterday.

The prince hoped to raise £100,000 for the American Friends of Sentebale, the US arm of his charity that supports Aids orphans in Lesotho.

Prince Harry's team won 6-5.

It is Prince Harry's first official solo trip, and his first official visit to the US.

Predictably, hundreds of members of the public were there hoping to get a glimpse of the prince. Americans are still fascinated by monarchy (and secretly wish that they had one).

Harry began his engagements by keeping a minute’s silence as he laid a wreath at Ground Zero, before meeting families who had lost loved ones on 9/11.

He also planted a magnolia tree in the British Garden at Hanover Square in commemoration of the Britons who died. 67 Britons died during the 9/11 attacks, the largest number of casualties of any nation other than the US.

Harry was accompanied by another royal, Prince Seeiso of Lesotho.

Harry is currently training with the Army Air Corps, the aviation branch of the British Army. He was given leave to carry out the state visit.

The visit was paid for by the Queen, who felt that, in the current economic climate, British taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for it. Politicians in Westminster, take note.

Madonna, Kate Hudson and LL Cool J turn out to watch Prince Harry play polo in New York

By Daily Mail Reporter (external - login to view)
31st May 2009
Daily Mil

Celebrities flocked to see Prince Harry play in a polo match in New York yesterday.

Madonna and on/off lover Jesus Luz, actresses Kate Hudson and Chloe Sevigny and rapper LL Cool J were among the crowd at the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic. Designer Marc Jacobs was there too.

The prince hoped to raise £100,000 for the American Friends of Sentebale, the US arm of his charity that supports Aids orphans in Lesotho.

Celebration: Prince Harry playfully spits out champagne at polo player Nacho Figueras after winning the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic in New York

Delight: Harry and his team mates raise their trophy

Harry's team won the match 6-5, and they celebrated afterwards by popping champagne.

The 24-year-old is on his first official trip to the United States - a two-day New York visit.

The prince arrived on Governors Island at about 12:30 p.m. on a police launch.

Under a sunny sky, hundreds of people gathered in a white tent for a champagne reception and lunch, many wearing lavish hats topped with flowers and feathers.

Harry was casual in a navy blue blazer, an open-collared shirt and white jeans, and loafers.

Celebrity guests: Madonna and her adopted son David Banda watch the match with designer Marc Jacobs, left. Her son Rocco was there too

Polo fans: Madonna's on/off toyboy Jesus Luz, left, was at the event too, to which the singer wore denim and a tweed hat, right

Members of the public were invited to watch the polo match, in which Harry would face off against the Argentine polo player and heartthrob Nacho Figueras.

Mike Hallman, visiting from Cary, North Carolina, decided to take his family to the match. 'My kids have never seen polo before,' he said. 'It's pretty exciting. I have never seen a prince.'

Another spectator who had never seen a polo match was LL Cool J.

'Hopefully, it'll be quite good,' Harry told the rapper during the reception.

'Are you going to win?' the rapper asked.

Beaming: Kate Hudson enjoys a glass of champagne

Summery chic: Actresses Kate Hudson, left, and Chloe Sevigny wore cream

'Mmmm. I don't know. Hopefully it's fixed,' joked Harry.

Earlier, Prince Harry thrilled pupils at a New York community centre.

The 24-year-old Royal joined youngsters at Harlem Children’s Zone, which works with 8,000 disadvantaged children, in an energetic obstacle course.

Harry, whose father Prince Charles visited the centre two years ago, was accompanied by his friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, co-founder of Harry’s children’s charity Sentebale.

On seeing the course, Harry exclaimed: ‘We have to do that!’ and set off on an impromptu race against the African prince.

First timer: Rapper LL Cool J, pictured with his wife Simone Smith, had never been to a polo match before

Showing how it's done: Harry takes to the pitch

After running through hurdles, Harry beat Prince Seeiso to grabbing a balloon and sitting on it, popping it loudly to finish the course and raising his arms in victory.

Speaking later, Harry vowed to continue his work for Sentebale – the New York trip is partly to raise funds for the charity, which cares for orphans in Lesotho.

He said: ‘It’s been a fantastic trip. Really, really worthwhile for Sentebale especially.’

During the fourth engagement of his two-day visit to New York, Harry also joined 13 pupils sitting a maths test.

Prince of pop: A gleeful Harry finishes the obstacle course by sitting on a balloon to burst it during his visit to the Harlem Children's Zone in New York yesterday

Harry, who stood at the back of the class, confided to 16-year-old pupil Brandon Black that he was always bottom of the class.

‘I was always the worst,’ he said as he tried to help with the test. ‘Which one’s easier, maths or science?’

‘Maths!’ replied Brandon, to which Harry grimaced and put his head in his hands.
The Prince proved a hit with the children, who had been awaiting the Royal visit for weeks.

Khalil Davis, ten, who was preparing African rice as part of a Ugandan-themed meal, said: ‘Harry’s pretty cool. He’s helping people in Africa with Aids and HIV.’

Here we go: Harry laughs as he prepares to burst his balloon

Bursting point: For a fraction of a second Harry is supported by the balloon

Beat you! Harry pops the balloon, but Lesotho's Prince Seeiso (left) defeats him

Harry revealed that he chose New York to make his first official state visit because it was a city his mother loved.

Diana visited a hospital in Harlem in 1989, where she was photographed holding a baby with Aids.

Harry said: ‘Prince Seeiso and I both lost our mothers when we were young. We set up Sentebale in their memory and, because my mother loved this city, it makes this occasion all the more poignant for me.’

Harry, who is training with the Army Air Corps, was given leave from his military duties to carry out the state visit.

And up again: Harry rises with a smile after losing the contest

In the heat of battle: Harry competes on an assault course beforehand

The trip was paid for personally by the Queen, who is understood to have wanted to avoid taxpayers footing the bill in the current economic climate.

Harry began his engagements by keeping a minute’s silence as he laid a wreath at Ground Zero, before meeting families who had lost loved ones on 9/11.

In a handwritten note signed ‘Harry’, he said: ‘In respectful memory of those who lost their lives on Sept 11 2001 and in admiration of the courage shown by the people of this great city on that day.’

He also planted a magnolia tree in the British Garden at Hanover Square and visited the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Manhattan, meeting soldiers who had lost limbs in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he himself has served.

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