Prince Harry the peoples polo player in New York 2009: New York

Prince Harry the peoples polo player in New York

NEW YORK (AFP) &mdash Britain's Prince Harry on Saturday capped his first trip to New York with a celebrity polo match played in front

of an adoring crowd of stars and ordinary folk. The prince, 24, spent most of his two-day trip to the city on a somber schedule, starting with wreath-laying Friday at Ground Zero, site of the 9/1l terrorist attack against the World Trade Center. The polo match, held to raise money for Prince Harry's Lesotho children's charity Sentebale, returned the famously high-living aristocrat to more glamorous territory. Under hot sunshine, two teams thundered across a pitch on Governor's Island in the Hudson River, Manhattan's skyscrapers looming in the background. Prince Harry, in white with the number one on his back, joined team Sentebale against Black Watch, led by Argentine model and professional polo player Nacho Figueras. The "mwah mwah" of air kisses mingled with the shutter snaps of paparazzi cameras and thud of galloping polo ponies. Just before the game, Figueras told AFP that his royal rival was a "good player."

He said he'd come for a "real match" and would not spare the prince when it came to direct clashes.

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