Prince Harry is back in the saddle.
The Duke of Sussex made a rare public appearance after his baby girl Lilibet’s birth in June as he took part in a charity polo match.
Harry made a surprise appearance at the match in Aspen, Colo., Thursday to raise funds for his charity, Sentebale.
Wearing a turquoise top and white jodhpurs, Harry, 36, was all smiles as he saddled up just hours after his lawyers sent out legal notes to UK papers denying that he and wife Meghan Markle had “reignited a rift” with his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II .
The updated version of the biography “Finding Freedom” claims the couple believe that the Queen, 95, had failed to act in response to their accusations of racism within the royal family.
The book suggests that Harry and Markle, 40, were “not surprised” at a perceived lack of action over their claim that a senior royal had expressed “concern” about what color their son, Archie, now 2, would be.
The new chapter alleges they took an exception to the Queen’s statement following their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, in which the monarch expressed concern for the couple but insisted that “some recollections may vary.”
Their UK legal team on Thursday insisted that it was false and defamatory to claim the couple had caused more royal tensions, adding that the claims were from the authors of the book, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
Before his polo match, Harry announced that he had committed $ 1.5 million of the proceeds from his upcoming memoir – first revealed by Page Six – to the charity.
“This is one of several donations I plan to make to charitable organizations, and I’m grateful to be able to give back in this way to children and communities who gravely need it,” he said in a statement.
Harry co-founded Sentebale in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help children affected by HIV in Africa.
“Sentebale is grateful for his personal contribution, which will allow the organization to continue operating at full scale and continue providing critical services to at-risk youth in South Africa,” the charity said.
Harry added: “The Sentebale Polo Cup is critical to securing the funds needed to advance this important mission, and I’m thrilled to be able to support Sentebale, both in person and financially, through a separate charitable donation to meet this immediate need. ”
He also noted, “Our refocussed mission at Sentebale is about addressing the most immediate needs of vulnerable children in South Africa, helping them access vital health services, receive necessary care and build skills to be more resilient and self-sufficient in the future.”
Harry has always played in the charity match for Sentebale. Just weeks after Archie was born in May 2019, he traveled to Rome for his first night away from his son for the event.