Prince Harry will not attend this year’s King Power Royal Charity Polo day amid the alleged growing rift between him and Prince William.
It has been the typical highlight of the event to see Prince Harry and Prince William go against each other in the high-profile polo clash. However, the Royal calendar’s 15-year tradition, which usually raises millions of pounds for their chosen organizations, is about to end this year.
Prince Harry’s absence from King Power Royal Charity Polo day
Prince Harry will not make it in that royal charity polo this year, as he will remain holed up in his new mansion in Santa Barbara.
“It’s such a shame that Harry can’t make the polo this year,” a source told Talk of the Town, via Daily Mail. “But he won’t come back to Britain unless it’s absolutely necessary.”
Last year, the royal siblings, reportedly, had an altercation before the event’s first chukka even started, which the Buckingham Palace denied.
Finding Freedom also revealed that Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle were already “distant” from each other at the time. The two princes’ respective wives watched them from the sidelines with their children.
The continuation of the polo match as planned
Despite the coronavirus’s threat, Prince William was, allegedly, desperate to continue the event as planned. It would push through by the end of September, following the government-imposed protocols about the outdoor gatherings to avoid the spread of the virus.
There would only be 48 viewers allowed to watch the event to maintain social distancing. However, it would be a far cry from its usual 400 guests.
The number of celebrity guests, who helped raise funds for Prince Harry and Prince William’s charities, would also decrease.
Daily Mail noted the fewer guests would make the event the “hottest ticket in town,” especially with all the drama surrounding it.
In 2017, Australian polo player Beau Skerrett called Prince Harry a “spoilt brat” after a brawl. Alternatively, he named Prince William a “perfect gentleman.”
The return of Prince Harry in the UK
Meanwhile, in celebration of Rugby League’s 125th birthday, Prince Harry had a Zoom call with its players, coaches, and volunteers.
The Duke of Sussex revealed the COVID-19 pandemic stopped him from returning to the U.K. Hence, he promised to make a come back to his home country for the next year’s event.
“We’ve got a whole Rugby League world cup coming next year,” he said from his Santa Barbara mansion, per Mirror Online. “I definitely plan on coming back. I would have been back already had it not been for Covid.”
Meghan’s husband proudly said that the sport had “thrived” since it began in 1985.
“Watching Rugby League is exhausting,” he continued. “Listen, I spent ten years in the army. I know what endurance is all about. But it’s madness.”
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