Prince Harry will play the 'entire 12 goal polo season'

Sticking to his blue blooded roots! Prince Harry will play the ‘entire 12 goal polo season’ with his Santa Barbara teammates, friend Omid Scobie claims

  • Prince Harry, 37, will play the entire 12 goal polo season in Santa Barbara 
  • Meghan’s pal Omid Scobie said he’s set to play at Folded Hills Pope Challenge 
  • Follows Duke of Sussex recent polo match with close friend Nacho Figuera

He may have adjusted to Californian life, but Prince Harry’s blue blooded roots remain in tact as its been revealed he will play the rest of the polo season for a club in Santa Barbara.

The Duke of Sussex, 37, who was pictured playing polo last week, will play the rest of the  12 goal polo season at Santa Barbara with his Los Padres teammates, Meghan Markle’s friend Omid Scobie has claimed. 

The Finding Freedom author says Harry will participate in the Folded Hills Pope Challenge between May 9th-15th, Lisle Nixon Cup from May 20th-29th as well as the Cheval Athletics USPA Intra-Circuit which runs June 3rd-19th.

It comes just days after the the Queen’s grandson, who lives in $14m mansion in nearby Montecito with wife Meghan, 40, and their two children Archie and Lilbet,  beamed throughout a friendly game of polo with his old friend Nacho Figuera at Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club for the annual Harry East Memorial Tournament.

Prince Harry (pictured second from left) will play the ‘entire 12 goal polo season’ with his Los Padres teammates, claims Omid Scobie

Nacho said he was ‘thrilled’ to have had the opportunity to ride alongside Prince Harry in the caption of a snap he posted on Instagram.

Sharing the picture, which was taken by his daughter Aurora, Nacho wrote: ”Thrilled to be riding alongside my friend, Prince Harry, and the rest of the Los Padres team at the @SantaBarbaraPoloClub’s Harry East Memorial Tournament.

‘We’ve ridden together many times over the years and now that we’re both parents, it’s extra special to be able to spend this time together.

‘The name Los Padres was inspired by the proximity of the field to the Los Padres National Forest and also by our connection as fathers.’ 

Having enjoyed watching the event alongside Nacho’s wife Delphine, and her close friend Markus Anderson, it is likely Meghan may continue to support Harry at his upcoming matches.

Prince Harry recently completed a a friendly game of polo with his old friend Nacho Figuera at Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club

Tickets for the polo matches, which will take place at the third oldest polo facility in the US have already begun to sell out.

The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club has attracted beginners and advanced players since being established in 1911.

Nacho, who has been described by Tatler as the ‘David Beckham of polo’ and ‘one of the most recognisable players in the world, has actively spoken out to defend Harry and Meghan over the years.

Nacho, who has been described by Tatler as the ‘David Beckham of polo’ and ‘one of the most recognisable players in the world, has actively spoken out to defend Harry and Meghan over the years (pictured, with Delphine in 2018) 

The father-of-four attended the Sussex wedding and has played polo alongside Harry in various polo matches.

He is an ambassador for Sentebale, an organisation founded by the prince which is dedicated to helping children and young people who or whose families suffer with HIV and Aids in Lesotho, South Africa.

He appeared on Ellen’s show in September 2019 to announce that he would ‘defend his friends’ with his life.

During the interview he also described Meghan as ‘incredible’, and revealed how she ‘gave up everything for the man she loves’.

Last year he launched a selection of six fragrances, including one named ‘Windsor’, which hinted at a ‘brotherhood of kindred spirits’ with the Duke.

Friends with a prince and master of the king’s game: Inside the fabulous world of Nacho Figueras and his Ralph Lauren model wife

Argentinian Ignacio Figueras (known as Nacho) may be one of the top polo players in the world, but he has earned a few other credentials to his name, from fashion model to philanthropist and is a close friend of the British Royals. 

The professional polo player, who holds a 6-goal handicap and an estimated net worth of $30 million, has been modeling for Ralph Lauren since 2000.

But modeling was never the goal for the athlete, who began his career just to earn some extra cash and bring more attention to his beloved sport. It all took off when he was approached by photographer Bruce Weber at a party in The Hamptons hosted by Calvin Klein’s ex-wife Kelly, who encouraged him to get his start in modeling.

Strike a pose: Nacho recently traveled to Rome, Italy, ahead of participating in the Sentebale polo charity match, which Prince Harry is a co-founder; pictured in November 2018

While that avenue of his career has introduced his objectively handsome face into everyday homes via glossy fashion magazines and television commercials, the game of polo has always been his true passion. 

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he started playing the game at the ripe age of 9 years old after his father introduced him to the sport. He became a professional polo player by the time he was just 17. After a stint in Europe, he ended up at the White Birch Polo Team based in Bridgehampton, New York. 

But Nacho’s love for both polo and investing in charity work is what ultimately led him to his most famous relationship.

He and Prince Harry share some common interests, one of them being, of course, polo. 

The pair have been playing alongside each other in charity matches for the past decade, ultimately moving them to becoming close friends.

Score! Nacho congratulates Prince Harry after scoring during the Sentebale Handa Polo Cup charity match in Rome; pictured May 2019

Polo for charity: Nacho Figueras and Prince Harry hold the trophy after the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, which helps raise funds to support children and young adults affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana; pictured in June 2017

Both Prince Harry and Nacho regularly play in Sentebale’s charity matches to raise funds for Sentebale, an organization co-founded by Prince Harry that supports children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa.

Nacho shared that he even met the newest member of the Royal family in London ahead of the match, Prince Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, if that is any indication of how close the two are. 

Along with forming a special friendship with Prince Harry, the game of polo also brought him to his wife Delfina Blaquier, the daughter of an Argentinian polo player. 

The pair first met, fittingly, at a polo match in Buenos Aires in 1997. They started dating in early 1998 and welcomed their first son in 2000, and wed in December 2005. 

The couple now has four children together: Hilario; Aurora; Artemo; and Alba.

Raise a glass: Nacho and Delfina recently attended the 12th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey; pictured in June

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