[Prince Harry, Nacho Figueras get sprayed. Photo by CLINT SPAULDING for PMc]
This weekend, several eastbound New Yorkers opted to give the beach a break and check out the biggest polo event of the year- at least if you're using star power as the metric. Prince Harry played alongside Nacho Figueras at the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic on Governor's Island, and faces in the crowds ranged from Madonna to Kate Hudson to Marc Jacobs. We sent Rachel Brill to the matches to check in on the hottest prince of the decade. Read what shy had to share below:
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[Samantha Barnes, Sabina Belli, Mark Cornell, Nacho Figueras, Cécile Bonnefond, Prince Harry, Aisha Thompson, Prince Seeiso of Lesotho]
Polo and a Prince (Well, Two Princes, Actually)
It was a sea of seersucker suits and fancy hats at the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic on Governor's Island, where His Royal Highness Prince Harry squared off against world renowned Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras. The day included a VIP reception and luncheon, an open Veuve Clicquot bar, and an awards ceremony where Prince Harry sprayed the crowd with champagne. Proceeds from the event benefit Sentebale, a U.S.-based charity that supports at-risk children in Lesotho, Africa.
Celebs in attendance included Madonna with sons Rocco and David Banda, Kate Hudson, Marc Jacobs and hubby Lorenzo Martone, Chloe Sevigny, LL Cool J, Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho, Donna Karan, Byrdie Bell, Rachel Roy, Cornelia Guest, David Lauren, and First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson.
At halftime, spectators were invited onto the field for the traditional "stomping of the divots," and my friends and I gleefully stomped while quoting lines from Pretty Woman ("Beware the steaming divot!"). The winner of the match was (surprise!) Prince Harry's Sentebale team with a final score of 6-5. VIP guests received gifts of a Veuve Clicquot champagne carrying case and a Veuve Clicquot picnic blanket.
Madonna, Nacho Figueras, Prince Harry
Mark Cornell, Madonna
Chloe Sevigny, Kate Hudson
Lyle Maltz, Brydie Bell, Derek Blasberg, Sophia Hesketh
Marc Jacobs, Lorenzo Martone, Richard Turley, New York First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson
Mark Cornell, Prince Harry
Marc Jacobs, Madonna
Samantha Barnes, Nacho Figueras, Donna Karan