Prince Harry rounded off his hugely successful week-long tour of the U.S. today very much in his comfort zone – playing polo.

The 28-year-old’s team won the match at the exclusive Greenwich Polo Club in aid of Sentebale, the charity he set up to help children in the poverty stricken African kingdom of Lesotho.

And as well as being awarded a trophy for his team’s stellar effort, the prince also scored a kiss from model Karolina Kurkova at the end of the fast-moving game.

Cheered on by models, designers and wealthy guests, Harry played in a team captained by Malcolm Borthwick, a regular in the England team, against a team led by Argentinian player and Ralph Lauren model, Nacho Figueras.

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Prince Harry gets a kiss from Model Karolina Kurkova after winning the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
Prince Harry gets a kiss from Model Karolina Kurkova after winning the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup
 

Winner: Harry gets a kiss from Model Karolina Kurkova after winning the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup

Enjoying himself: Harry laughed as he played polo on his last day in the United States

Enjoying himself: Harry laughed as he played polo on his last day in the United States

 
 
Winners! Prince Harry and his teammates lift the trophy after winning cup at Greenwich

Winners! Prince Harry and his teammates lift the trophy after winning cup at Greenwich

 
Celebrating: Harry relaxes with a female bystander after the end of the polo match

Celebrating: Harry relaxes with a female bystander after the end of the polo match

 

 
All smiles: The prince poses for a photograph with another player and two women at the event

All smiles: The prince poses for a photograph with another player and two women at the event

Borwick said Harry would show his true athleticism on the field after having tried his hand at baseball in New York City on Tuesday. ‘He’s an extremely good polo player,’ he said.

Also playing on Prince Harry’s team was Dawn Jones, wife of the actor Tommy Lee Jones.

‘It’s a great honor,’ he said. ‘It’s great for polo.’

When he welcomed the prince into his home for a brief art tour ahead of the game, Harry was confronted with a naked sculpture of his host’s wife.

The piece, commissioned by Mr Brant from the artist Maurizio Cattelan, shows a naked woman’s torso in the style of a ship’s figurehead, clutching her breasts. It is entitled Stephanie, although often known by its nickname of Trophy Wife.

After arriving just after 11.30am, the prince was given a tour of the polo club before joining the high-profile guests at a meet and greet before the game in an undercover bar area.

The staff had also set up a marquee bedecked with flowers and tables laid out, appropriately, with royal blue cloths for lunch.

Located in leafy Connecticut, Greenwich is one of the wealthiest pockets of the US, filled with hedge fund millionaires and their trophy wives.

Unlike previous royal polo events, tickets for the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, one of the highlights of the international calendar, are not available for sale.

Sponsors, who include Royal Salute whisky, Land Rover, Garrards jewellery and St Regis Hotels, have each bought a number of tables to which they invite select guests.

The guests included the 13th Duke of Argyll, fashionista Olivia Palermo, model Karolina Kurkova and designers Jason Wu and Valentino.

‘Is the sun coming out?’ Kurkova asked as she posed in a light rain.

Guests at the polo dined on grilled peppered fillet of beef, served with an arugla and spring vegetable salad and crispy warm panisse, followed by vanilla bean creme brule, mixed berry trifle, Lemon Curd tart with mixed berries and truffle brownie squares.

Just 400 seats were available in all, however, making it literally the hottest ticket in a town, with dozens of elegantly-coiffured ladies – both young and old  – trying to beg, borrow or steal an invite.

At the Greenwich branch of the English-Speaking Union, which promotes English language and culture, Natalie Pray, the president, has been fielding calls from its 300 members, some blatantly offering cash for tickets to see the prince play, according to the New York Times.

Peter Orthwein, the chief executive of Thor Industries, who is a founding member of the Polo Club admitted the prince’s visit had caused a stir.

Mr Orthwein said since he had bought a table for lunch his wife had been inundated with phone calls from friends – mostly women – offering enduring friendship in return for a seat.

In a speech shortly before the match, Harry talked at length about the work of Sentebale in the tiny landlocked kingdom of Lesotho where Aids is rife.

He said: ‘Whilst Sentebale may be evolving rapidly, the situation on the ground in Lesotho remains critical.

‘The HIV pandemic continues to leave thousands of children without parents and family structures to guide them through life. Without this support, basic needs such as food, shelter and care remain unmet, leaving children vulnerable and very often without much hope in their lives.’

Artwork: Harry was greeted by this bust of the owner's model wife, Stephanie Seymour, at the home

Art: Harry was greeted by this bust of the owner’s model wife, Stephanie Seymour, at the home (file pic)

And he concluded by commenting about his extraordinarily successful tour of the US, saying: ‘This is the last day of my tour around the United States. Thank you for a wonderful week.  I have witnessed the extraordinary generosity of the people of this great Nation.’

Harry’s visit promised a lighter tone than his stop the previous day in New Jersey, where he toured two shore communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

The prince said he was impressed to see “everyone getting together and making things right.”

He also spent Tuesday in New York City at events promoting tourism, entrepreneurism and philanthropy.

Harry, who recently returned from duty as an Apache helicopter pilot, will fly back to the UK tonight just hours after the match has ended to resume his military duties in the Army Air Corps.

 

 

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