Prince Harry Left Meghan and Archie at Home to Play in the Sentebale Polo Cup

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It’s been a little more than three weeks since the birth of Archie Harrison, and new dad Prince Harry has likely spent most of his time by his son’s side—until now.

The Duke of Sussex just took a quick trip away from the family of three, spending a day in Rome, Italy for the ninth annual Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup. While it was technically a royal duty, who could complain about a “work trip” to play polo in Rome?

But it wasn't just for fun, as the match supports a cause close to Prince Harry. According to the @sussexroyal Instagram account, the purpose of the yearly game—which was held for the first time in Rome—is to “raise funds and awareness for Sentebale’s work supporting children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa.” Prince Harry co-founded the charity in 2006 as an effort to support children living with HIV in the region. Per the post, Sentebale aims to “address the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV, providing them with the tools, peer networks, and education to lead healthy and productive lives.”

Last year, Meghan Markle was by Harry's side for the match. She was home at Frogmore House this year, but Harry (resident thoughtful guy) reportedly picked up a small keepsake for baby Archie: a mini polo mallet customized with "Archie" on the front. According to Hello!, it was gifted to the Duke by Brand Machine Group, a U.K.-based children's fashion company.

You know what this means: Pretty soon we'll be seeing Archie on the field. Well, maybe in a few years.


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