May 13, 2009

Prince Harry plans 1st formal U.S. visit

Britain's Prince Harry is set to play in the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic in what will be his first formal visit to the United States.

Proceeds from the May 30 exhibition match are to benefit American Friends of Sentebale, a U.S. charity that supports at-risk children in Lesotho, Africa.

Sentebale was co-founded by Prince Harry of Wales and Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho in honor of their mothers -- Princess Diana and Queen Mamohato, respectively.

Prince Harry will play on the team captained by Nick Roldan, while renowned Argentine polo player and new face of Ralph Lauren's Polo Fragrances Nacho Figueras will captain the other team.

Veuve Clicquot said it has invited the St. Regis New York hotel to feature its famous afternoon tea at the polo match and Sandro Micheli, executive pastry chef at Adour Alain Ducasse at the St. Regis New York, has created a special menu for the occasion.

This iconic event will help raise awareness for our organization, Sentebale's Chairman Charles J. Denton said in a statement. Lesotho faces some enormous problems, and our work there could not be more vital. The numbers of orphans and vulnerable children suffering are staggering, and we are managing to make a real difference to help them. Events like this are crucial to support our work and we look forward to our growing relationship with Veuve Clicquot.