Prince Harry Announces He's Donating $1.5 Million Of The Proceeds From His Upcoming Memoir To Charity At Polo Match In Aspen
Prince Harry made a surprise appearance at a polo match — which benefits Sentebale, a charity in which he founded — in Aspen, Colorado, on August 19, and he even made an exciting announcement.
At the event, Harry, 36, said he would donate $1.5 million of the proceeds from his upcoming memoir to the organization.
"This is one of several donations I plan to make to charitable organizations, and I'm grateful to be able to give back in this way for the children and communities who gravely need it," he said in a statement.
Harry founded Sentebale in 2006 to "help vulnerable children and young people" in Africa who were affected by HIV.
"Sentebale is grateful for his personal contribution, which will allow the organization to continue operating at full scale and continue providing critical services to at-risk youth in Southern Africa," the charity said in a statement.
"The Sentebale Polo Cup is critical to securing the funds needed to advance this important mission, and I'm thrilled to be able to support Sentebale, both in person and financially through a separate charitable donation to meet this immediate need," Harry shared. "Our refocussed mission at Sentebale is about addressing the most-immediate needs of vulnerable children in Southern Africa, helping them access vital health services, receive necessary care, and build skills to be more resilient and self-sufficient in the future."
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In July, Harry announced that he would be writing a memoir about his life.
"I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become. I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story — the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned — I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think," he said in a press release. "I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to share what I’ve learned over the course of my life so far and excited for people to read a firsthand account of my life that’s accurate and wholly truthful."