The Duke of Cambridge helped secure a win for his team at a charity polo match on Friday, as his speed on the field drew a comparison with England winger Jack Grealish.
The Duke’s efforts helped raise more than £500,000 for charities supported by the Cambridges’ Royal Foundation.
He looked delighted as he scored two goals for his winning U.S. Polo Assn team in the Out-Sourcing! Inc. Royal Charity Polo Cup at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor.
It was his first charity match in over a year, beating the Thomas Goode and BP teams into second and third place.
As the Duke galloped down the field, commentator Karl Ude-Martinez said: "The Prince goes up for the pass, it’s like seeing Jack Grealish going up towards goal."
He went on to explain to the crowd that the Duke was a "big supporter" of Aston Villa, Grealish’s Premier League football club.
The Duke’s teammates included one of England’s top players, Mark Tomlinson, Clive Reid and Aiyawatt “Top” Srivaddhanaprabha, the owner and chairman of Leicester City football club, son of the late Thai duty free tycoon Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter crash in 2018.
After the match, during the prize-giving, Savot, a 12-year-old gelding which the Duke, in action below, rode for the fourth and sixth chukkas, was named pony of the match.
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Organisations set to benefit from the funds raised by the tournament include Tusk, the conservation charity, Centrepoint, the homelessness charity of which Prince William is patron and Diana, Princess of Wales, was formerly patron of, and Fields in Trust, which protects green spaces. The Duke is president of the latter charity, a role he took over from his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.
The event also supported several of the Duchess of Cambridge’s charities, including East Anglia Children’s Hospices of which she is patron, and Family Action, which supports disadvantaged families, a patronage which she took on from the Queen in 2019.