Back in his element! Prince Harry was smiling from ear-to-ear when he participated in an August 19 polo match in Colorado.
The father-of-two has been playing the sport for years, and the recent opportunity allowed him to reconnect with some of the pals he lost touch with when he left the royal family and moved to California.
"Harry was pleased to be back out and about with the boys," royal guru Phil Dampier insisted to The Sun. "I'm sure he's happy to be getting out after lockdown."
"He looked very frustrated [in lockdown] and some people have joked he looked like he was in a hostage video in some of the pieces they’ve put out over the last year," the expert shared. "So I'm sure he's anxious to get out and about and meet people on a one-to-one basis and enjoy seeing some different faces."
"He was pleased and really enjoyed getting back with some mates, a bit of male company and having a good laugh with them while enjoying the polo," Dampier concluded.
The feeling was reciprocated by Argentinian polo player Nacho Figueras, who said he's "lucky to ride" alongside the Duke of Sussex.
At the sporting event, Harry announced he would be donating $1.5 million of the proceeds from his upcoming memoir to Sentebale, a charity he cofounded in 2006, which Figueras is also an ambassador of.
"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 stated. "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."
The organization helps young people in South Africa dealing with HIV.
The group responded to Harry's kind gesture by sharing, "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."