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Saturday 19 April 2014

Harry ends US tour on winning note

Michael Carrazza, Malcolm Borwick, Prince Harry and Marc Ganzi lift the winners trophy

Prince Harry ended his US tour by thanking the people of America for their "extraordinary generosity" - as he was shown a rather risque sculpture.

Harry spent his final day playing in his fund-raising Sentebale Polo Cup match, and is believed to have raised a million dollars (£660,000) to help fund the work of his charity.

The seven-day tour has showcased the Prince as a modern, hard-working royal, in contrast to last summer's high-profile gaffe when he was photographed nude during a "strip billiards" party in a £5,000-a-night hotel in Las Vegas.

Speaking to the 400 polo guests who helped raise the funds for his Sentebale charity, Harry said: "This is the last day of my tour around the United States. Thank you for a wonderful week. I have witnessed the extraordinary generosity of the people of this great nation."

The match, which saw Harry play against a team which included Dawn Jones, the wife of Hollywood star Tommy Lee Jones, was staged at Greenwich Polo Club, founded by billionaire businessman and art collector Peter Brant.

Before the match began Mr Brant showed Harry some of his art collection in the club house, which included works by Andy Warhol, and a figurehead-like nude bust of his wife, model Stephanie Seymour.

The lifelike artwork, made by Italian-American artist Maurizio Cattelan, shows Ms Seymour clutching her bare breasts. It was first titled "Stephanie", but is now know by its nickname "Trophy Wife".

Harry has won over many Americans during his tour with his humour, charm and down-to-earth nature that has seen him appear game for anything.

The Prince visited the White House, where he received glowing praise from First Lady Michelle Obama last Thursday, for serving his country as an officer in the British Army and for supporting America's wounded servicemen and women.

And Harry spent the weekend promoting America's Warrior Games where British servicemen and women have been competing in Paralympic-style events against a large US team and troops from other countries.

Press Association

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