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Prince Harry heading to Rome for a charity polo match

New father Prince Harry will travel to Rome next week in aid of his charity Sentebale.

Prince Harry waving
Prince Harry will travel to Rome next week to take part in the Sentebale Polo Cup. Image by Daniel Leal-Olivas – WPA Pool/Getty

Just three weeks after Meghan Markle gave birth to their son Archie Harrison, Prince Harry will travel to Rome to take part in a charity polo match. The Sentebale Polo Cup will take place at the Roma Polo Club on 24 May. It aims to raise funds and awareness for Sentebale, the charity founded by Harry and Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso in 2006 to provide education, care and mental health support for children and teenagers living with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho and Botswana.

Sentebale means ‘forget-me-not’ in Sesotho and was chosen as a reminder never to forget the vulnerable children and young people in southern Africa. The charity was also named in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales, whose favourite flowers were forget-me-nots.

Prince Harry shows his camera to a group of children.
Prince Harry in Mokhotlong, Lesotho. Image by Chris Jackson/PA Wire

It’s the first time the charity polo match will be played in Italy. Previous games have been held in Abu Dhabi, Florida and Singapore. Last year it was hosted at the Berkshire Polo Club in London, where Harry was cheered on by his wife Meghan from the royal box. She also presented Harry with a trophy after his team clinched victory to become 5-4 winners.

Prince Harry kisses his wife after winning cup.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kiss after Prince Harry’s team won the 2018 Sentebale Polo Cup. Image by Anwar Hussein/WireImage

Meanwhile, a series of reports have suggested that the new parents will take their infant son Archie on his first official foreign tour in October. Royal reporter Roya Nikkhah revealed in the Sunday Times that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would take Archie on a short trip to Africa, taking in some Commonwealth nations that have close ties with the UK. Buckingham Palace hasn’t confirmed the reports but if they’re true, Archie will become one of the youngest royals to go on an official tour.