Prince Harry is back in the saddle ― for a cause.
The Duke of Sussex made a surprise appearance at a pared-down Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Aspen, Colorado, on Thursday to help raise funds for the prince’s charity, Sentebale.
The Duke of Sussex co-founded Sentebale in 2006 alongside his good friend Prince Seeiso. The organization provides resources to vulnerable children in southern Africa, especially those affected by “extreme poverty, inequality and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
Harry announced that he would be making a $1.5 million donation to the charity using part of the proceeds from his upcoming memoir.
“I’m thrilled to be able to support Sentebale, both in person and financially through a separate charitable donation to meet this immediate need,” the duke said in a statement shared with HuffPost on Thursday. “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 for the children and communities who gravely need it.”
Harry’s commitment helped bring the total funds raised at the polo cup on Thursday to $3.5 million.
The royal also helped Team Sentebale secure a 3-0 win at the event, scoring two goals alongside his longtime friend and teammate, polo player Nacho Figueras.
The duke revealed in July that he was working on an “intimate and heartfelt” memoir, due out in late 2022, that he said would be an “accurate and wholly truthful” look at his own life. At the time, it was announced that the royal would be donating his book proceeds to charity.