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Britain’s Prince Harry takes a tumble in New York

June 28, 2010

USA/Britain’s Prince Harry fell off his horse during a polo match in New York City on Sunday and ended up losing the game, but he won big for his charity to help African orphans.

Prince Harry was not hurt when he tumbled from his horse early on during the third annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governor’s Island, which raised money for his charity Sentebale.

The prince, son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, co-founded Sentebale with Prince Seeiso from the Lesotho Royal family to help Lesotho’s orphans and at-risk children. He recently visited the country with his elder brother Prince William to show him the work of the charity.

“You continue the finest traditions of American charity,” Prince Harry told wealthy New Yorkers and celebrities, such as Val Kilmer, Ivanka Trump and Gayle King, who had paid thousands of dollars to attend a lunch with the prince before the match and to support Sentabale.

“Your great country has always protected the downtrodden, the poorest, those most in need of help in the world. To me this is what the United States stands for,” he said.

Despite sweltering heat, more than 10,000 New Yorkers caught ferries from Manhattan and Brooklyn to watch the game at the former military base in New York Harbor. Prince Harry’s team BlackRock was defeated 6-5 by Argentinian player Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras’ team Black Watch.

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