Prince Harry closes whirlwind US tour with Conn. polo match
Prince Harry wrapped up a week-long American tour Wednesday in the affluent New York suburb of Greenwich, Conn., to play in a polo match benefiting his African charity.
The prince, 28, concluded his visit at the exclusive Greenwich Polo Club to take part in an invitation-only fundraiser for Sentebale, an organization that helps poor children and AIDS orphans in the African nation of Lesotho.
An afternoon earlier, Harry helped raise awareness for another charity when he took to a baseball field in Harlem, New York. The prince played catch with children and went three-for-three at bat while promoting Project Coach, a community program that partners two groups, the Harlem RBI and the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
On Tuesday, the prince was guided along the Jersey Shore to examine residential areas still recovering from last fall’s Superstorm Sandy. Escorted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Harry surveyed various towns and communities still trying to overcome devastating storm damage.
He then headed to New York to meet up with British Prime Minister David Cameron for an event to promote British trade. The two, who are on separate official visits, arrived at Manhattan's Milk Studios on a red double-decker bus.
Prince Harry arrived in the States on May 9, beginning a tour that has zigzagged from the nation’s capitol to Colorado and then back to the East Coast. The trip has been an official visit on behalf of England and starkly contrasted his last trip to the United Sates in August 2012, when he was famously photographed nude by friends he met while in Las Vegas. The prince later said he showed poor judgment, and that “I let my family down, I let other people down” with the incident.
This trip, however, has been anything but a disappointment for the monarchy, or his fans.
The prince started his tour with a visit to the Capitol to promote the charity work of a landmine-clearing group. He then surprised and delighted White House guests attending a Mother’s Day tea for military moms with first lady Michelle Obama.
A helicopter pilot who has served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, the prince also paid visits to Arlington National Cemetery and spoke with wounded veterans recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Harry then headed to Colorado to cheer on wounded veterans competing in the Warrior Games. He also got a chance to sing "happy birthday" to Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, who had just turned 18 and was celebrating at a party inside a Denver golf club.