Back on his high horse! Prince Harry plays polo in Santa Barbara as Meghan watches


Back on his high horse! Meghan Markle watches from sidelines as Prince Harry plays polo with his Los Padres team in Santa Barbara

  • Prince Harry was playing polo on Friday in Santa Barbara, a few miles from his Montecito home
  • Meghan Markle was watching from the sidelines, dressed down in denim shorts and a matching denim shirt
  • The prince, 37, in May joined the Los Padres polo team, playing under the name Harry Wales
  • His teammates are Argentine polo professional and Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras, 45; and 16-year-olds Keko Magrini and Juan Guerrero
  • The team on Friday lost a semi-final against Folded Hills, meaning they will not play in Sunday’s final of the Pacific Coast Circuit Intra-Circuit Cup

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Meghan Markle was cheering her husband on from the sidelines of the polo field on Friday, as Prince Harry‘s team battled in vain for a place in their league final.

Casually dressed in a denim shirt and shorts, with flat Grecian-style leather sandals, the Duchess of Sussex watched the match intently.

She appeared animated as she followed the game, lemonade in hand.  

The prince, 37, joined the Los Padres polo team in May under the name Harry Wales, and has spent the last few weeks playing alongside his teammates.

The team, which competes in the Pacific Coast Circuit Inter-Circuit Cup, was founded by Nacho Figueras, 45, an Argentine polo professional and model, and longtime friend of the prince. 

Meghan Markle is seen on Friday in watching her husband play polo in Santa Barbara

Meghan Markle is seen on Friday in watching her husband play polo in Santa Barbara

Harry, 37, has been playing since May with the Los Padres polo team, only a few miles from his Montecito home

Harry, 37, has been playing since May with the Los Padres polo team, only a few miles from his Montecito home

The Duchess of Sussex was accompanied by a barefooted Delfina Blaquier, wife of Harry's teammate Nacho Figueras

The Duchess of Sussex was accompanied by a barefooted Delfina Blaquier, wife of Harry’s teammate Nacho Figueras

Harry is seen in action on Friday, as Los Padres tried to reach Sunday's league final

Harry is seen in action on Friday, as Los Padres tried to reach Sunday’s league final

The 40-year-old held her phone in one hand, and what appeared to be a lemonade in her other

The Duchess looked deeply invested in the game, as she watched from the sidelines

Markle held her phone in one hand, and what looked like a lemonade in the other

Figueras, who has a handicap of five – out of a maximum of 10 – is the most experienced player in the team.

Harry’s handicap is one.

The pair are accompanied by two 16-year-olds, Keko Magrini, on a handicap of four, and Juan Guerrero, a two-goal player.

Meghan, 40, was cheering on the chukkas from the sidelines, besides Figueras’s wife Delfina Blaquier.

During intervals, she and Harry sat together under an awning.

She was also seen hugging Figueras. 

Harry’s team was playing in the semi-final, against the Folded Hills team.

They were hoping to win through to Sunday’s final, but ultimately lost the match. 

During intervals in the game, Meghan and Harry sought shade under an awning, Meghan crouching down and resting her hand on his knee

During intervals in the game, Meghan and Harry sought shade under an awning, Meghan crouching down and resting her hand on his knee

Meghan is seen hugging Figueras, who founded the Los Padres team

Meghan is seen hugging Figueras, who founded the Los Padres team

Meghan and Figueras appeared to be in an animated discussion, as Harry stretched behind

Meghan and Figueras appeared to be in an animated discussion, as Harry stretched behind

Harry is seen on his chestnut pony on Friday, with the green bandages for Los Padres's colors

Harry is seen on his chestnut pony on Friday, with the green bandages for Los Padres’s colors

The 37-year-old has been playing polo since he was a boy, following in the footsteps of his father and older brother

The 37-year-old has been playing polo since he was a boy, following in the footsteps of his father and older brother

Harry looked pensive as he mounted his pony for another chukka

Harry looked pensive as he mounted his pony for another chukka

The prince is a skilled horseman, and has been riding since he was a boy

The prince is a skilled horseman, and has been riding since he was a boy

Harry is seen wearing the white number one shirt, with Figueras to his left

Harry is seen wearing the white number one shirt, with Figueras to his left

The loss was the end of a frustrating week for the prince, who on Sunday, in the quarterfinals, fell from his pony in front of celebrity friends who came to the grounds to cheer him on.

Harry was unscathed in the incident at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, as was his ride.

He didn’t appear too downcast by the result, because he was seen hanging out with friends on the sidelines including American idol runner up Katharine McPhee, 38, her composer husband David Foster, 72, and their young son Rennie. 

Foster, who is just a year younger than Prince Charles, has been described by some as a ‘father figure’ to Harry. 

Charles was also well known for falling off his horse in polo – breaking his arm on occasion. 

In New Zealand Charles tumbled from his ride three times in six weeks. 

In 2000 he was taken to hospital in Cirencester and forced to stay the night after a fall during a charity match in the Cotswolds when his sons, then 19 and 16, were on his team. 

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