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Charities and others connected to Meghan Markle and Harry win prestigious Spanish prizes

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People and organizations with a Meghan and Harry connection - specifically CAMFED, chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen (WCK), and Gloria Steinem, were among this years winners of Spain's prestigious Princess  of Asturias Awards. The awards are a series of annual prizes awarded to individuals, entities or organizations from around the world who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs. The jury that decides the Princess of Asturias Awards awarded Chef Andrés , who was born in Spain before moving to the U.S.,  and WCK the non-profit group he founded the Award of Concord for “offering extraordinarily fast and efficient on-the-ground response to social and nutritional emergencies.” CAMFED , the organization promoting girls and women's education in Africa, won an award for International Cooperation. Gloria Steinem won the award for Communication and Humanities for her work as a journalist, for the work she has done as a prominent member o

Prince Harry helps to judge the 2021 photographic competition for his WellChild UK Patronage

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WellChild UK   Patron, Prince Harry acted as Chair of Judges in a photographic competition called Hopes and Dreams: My Life through a Lens, for the children and young people that the WellChild charity supports. The charity makes it possible for children and young people with exceptional health needs to be cared for at home instead of hospital, wherever possible. The 4 winners of the Hopes and Dreams photo competition were announced at the same time that WellChild is hosting a contemporary art auction as a fund raiser for their organization. The auction, that can be viewed via the on-line platform Artsy until the end of October 2021, features contemporary art from renowned artists. A piece of art in the WellChild auction Of the young people at WellChild and their photographic work Prince Harry states: “the children and families I’ve had the honour of meeting over my years working with WellChild have shown incredible optimism, courage, and resilience. I wasn’t only proud to participate a

Meghan Markle, as a mother, urges US Federal Politicians to enact a Right to Paid Leave

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In an open letter to the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, Meghan asks for all American federal politicians to enact a paid leave policy as part of what is being considered under the latest budget negotiations. Meghan writes as a mother, advocating alongside groups such as  Paid Leave for All   for the rights for parents and caregivers to be able to be able to spend the first few months at home with their baby rather than having to rush back to work, due to the fact that they need their wages to financially survive.  In her letter Meghan writes of her own humble upbringing and the value of money. Meghan says how lucky she and Harry were, after the birth of Archie and Lili, not to have to face the dilemma of having to choose between staying at home with their baby without pay, versus going back to work - this being the harsh reality for many parents in America. Meghan writes "paid leave should be a national right, rather than a patchwork option limited to those who

Prince Harry urges us to support Re:wild and sign a petition - #SaveTheOkavango River Basin in Africa

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Prince Harry has joined forces with local residents, activists, and the international conservation community in project  Re:wild , asking people to sign a petition to demand an impartial and public consultation on oil exploration and drilling in the Okavango River Basin which spans parts of Namibia and Botswana in Africa. The exploratory oil work is being arranged by Canadian firm ReconAfrica. Local residents, including many indigenous people who have long lived in this area, are concerned about the effect of this oil work on their water supply on which their lives depend, and the effect on the ecosystems that support the income of tens of thousands of people and serves as home to endangered wildlife. The Okavango Delta, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Key Biodiversity Area. The open letter that Prince Harry and others are asking people to sign, calls for an immediate moratorium on oil and gas drilling while an independent and impartial public commission takes place to examine th

Animal Welfare Charity Mayhew UK, of which Meghan is Patron, have opened their 2021 Christmas Shop

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Meghan remains patron of the UK animal welfare charity  Mayhew UK . Each year the charity sells a selection of reasonable priced Christmas cards, wrapping paper and various animal related gifts as a fund raiser. I am pleased to let you know that their 2021 Christmas shops is now open.  I find their cards and gift wrap to be of good quality and good value - and - they ship internationally.  A selection of some of the Mayhew cards . 

Meghan & Prince Harry extend their wings into the Ethical Investment space

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Per an article released in today's New York Times, Meghan and Harry are joining up as 'impact partners' with the sustainable / ethical investing firm   Ethic . Harry and Meghan say that they were introduced to the firm through friends. Ethic advise that Meghan and Harry have both invested in the company and, have some investments managed by Ethic as well. Ethic was founded in 2015 and has tripled assets under management in the past year. Meghan told the New York Times DealBook during a joint interview with Prince Harry. “You don’t have the luxury to invest. That sounds so fancy.” Meghan added “my husband has been saying for years, ‘Gosh, don’t you wish there was a place where if your values were aligned like this, you could put your money to that same sort of thing?’ "Harry and Meghan are hoping that their involvement would help democratize investing, making people, especially younger people, more deliberate in their choices and conscious of investing in sustainable

Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Journalist Maria Ressa, was previously interviewed by Meghan and Harry for TIME 100 Talks

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Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov have won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for their fights to defend freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia. In October of 2020 Ms. Ressa took part in a TIME 100 Talks Interview - 'Engineering Change' that was curated by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.  A link to this interview is here. Both journalists are known for investigations that have angered their countries' rulers, and they have both faced significant personal threats and / or legal actions against them. Ms. Ressa, who co-founded the news site Rappler, was commended by the Nobel prizegivers for using freedom of expression to "expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country, the Philippines." She is known to speak strongly against fake news. 

Harry & Meghan's friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu marked his 90th Birthday in Cape Town, SA.

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South Africa's, Archbishop Desmond Tutu marked his 90th birthday attending a church service, with a mural painted in his honour. Unfortunately, the mural was recently defaced by racist graffiti and has since been restored by the artist, who added a celebratory message.   The mural is attached to a wall of the Rainbow Academy which offers training to young artists from disadvantaged communities. Tutu used the term “Rainbow Nation” to describe how South Africa is a country with equal rights for people of all colors, following the end in 1994 of apartheid, the country's system of racial discrimination against the country's black majority. Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and a then baby Archie were very honoured to have met with Archbishop Tutu during their 2019 tour of Southern Africa.  Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his campaign of nonviolent opposition to South Africa's system of white minority rule.

Prince Harry's expanded Travalyst coalition announces a new Google led initiative to help us determine the carbon footprint of flights

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Two weeks ago Prince Harry's Travalyst coalition expanded to include Google as one of its partners. Google joined existing partners: Booking.com; Skyscanner; Trip. com Group; Tripadvisor and VISA. Today Google announced an up-dated Google Flights search app. that allows everyone to see a carbon emissions estimate for nearly every flight in the search results, also displaying the prices and duration of the flight.  Google state that the emissions estimates are flight-specific as well as seat-specific, saying that newer aircraft are generally less polluting than older aircraft, and emissions increase for premium economy and first-class seats because they take up more space and account for a larger share of total emissions. Google advise us that flights with significantly lower emissions will be labeled with a green badge. In a press release from Google the company stated that "it is critical that people can find consistent and accurate carbon emissions estima

Prince Harry has another New York City gig, to present the Intrepid Valor Awards

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The NYC located Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum have announced that they have invited Prince Harry to present the inaugural Intrepid Valor Awards at the annual Salute to Freedom Gala. The Intrepid Valor Awards will awarded to 5 service members, veterans, and military families living with what is described as 'the invisible wounds of war.' During the annual Salute to Freedom Gala on November 10th 2021, singer Jon Bon Jovi and US businessman and philanthropist Bob Pittman will be Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Pittman is a former Intrepid Salute Award winner. Jon Bon Jovi will receive the award for his work as chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation which helps low-income individuals and veterans find affordable housing and shelter and which also runs several JBJ Soul Kitchen community restaurants. Jon is also being honored for opening the Walter Reed veterans housing facility which provides homes for veterans.  The press release from the museum states that

Some Pics of Meghan Markle & Prince Harry at the Global Citizen LIVE concert, NYC

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Here are some of the pictures from Meghan and Harry's appearance at the Global Citizen LIVE concert at Central Park in New York City. I can imagine the Royal courtiers choking on their tea on seeing Meghan showing off her (bare) legs. Good on her! Here is  a link to their speech

Photos of Meghan Markle & Prince Harry at the United Nations in New York City

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The new agency Reuters first captured photos of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry going to and from a meeting at the United Nations. It was later confirmed that the couple met with the deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Jane Mohammed, when the couple discussed vaccine equity, climate action, and women and youth empowerment. The meeting took place at the UN building in New York City, prior to Meghan and Harry appearing at the New York part of the Global Citizen LIVE 24-hour concert. The concert can be viewed free of charge on YouTube.  Meghan's good friend Priyanka Chopra was co-host of the Paris based part of the Global Citizen LIVE concert, which took place with the back drop of the Eiffel Tower and which featured a performance by Sir Elton John.

Prince Harry's African Parks organization signs a deal with Angola - Harry meets the Angolian President in NYC

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On September 20th 2021, the Government of Angola signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with conservation organization African Parks, of which Prince Harry is President, to develop and enter into a significant 20-year  management agreement for the rehabilitation, management and financing of Luengue-Luiana and Mavinga National Parks in Angola. The signing of the MoU was conducted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Tete António, in the presence of H.E. Mr. João Lourenço, President of Angola, and by Mr. Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks.  The memorandum between the Government of Angola and African Parks follows an initial long-term agreement made in December 2019 whereby African Parks committed to the management of Iona National Park to restore the landscape for the benefit of people and wildlife. African Parks takes on the long-term management of protected areas in partnership with governments to protect wildlife, restore landscapes and ensure sustainable livelihoods

Day 2 of Meghan Markle's and Prince Harry's visit to New York City with children and lots of hugs

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Day 2 of Meghan and Harry’s working visit to New York City started off with a visit with some of the City’s young children with Meghan and Harry receiving and dispensing lots of hugs. The couple joined New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter at the P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson Elementary School in Harlem. The stated aim of the visit was to promote early literacy. The school is made up of multiracial children predominantly black and Hispanic children with only 3% of the approximately 400 enrolled children identifying as being white. Meghan and Harry’s visit mostly took place outside in the sunshine on the playground and under a marquee. Meghan and Harry viewed a flower power mural painted by fourth and fifth grade pupils.  The school children swamped Harry and Meghan  reaching out for hugs from them both. Meghan read her book The Bench to a group of mainly 2 nd Grade schoolchildren gathered outside. Prince Harry joined the kids on the ground, sitting among them as Meghan read. Megha

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry squeeze in a visit to US Ambassador to the United Nations

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During their first day of meetings and visits in their working trip to New York City, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were permitted a short visit with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US Ambassador to the United Nations. After the meeting Ms. Thomas-Greenfield tweeted to say that she had a wonderful meeting with the Sussexes during which they discussed the coronavirus, racial justice, and mental health issues.  Photo by Matt Sayles Meghan and Harry's visit comes a day after US President Joe Biden promised during a virtual COVID summit, held on the margins of the UN General Assembly, to buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine which the US will donate for distribution across the world.  Meghan and Harry have been regularly advocating for increased / equitable vaccine sharing by rich countries to poorer countries.   

Behind the Scene Photos of Meghan Markle & Prince Harry at One World Trade Centre, New York City, NY

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From New York City Governor, Kathy Hochul's website, some behind the scenes photos from Meghan Markle's & Prince Harry's visit at One World Trade Centre Observatory today. The Governor and Meghan and Harry visit together with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife and son.

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry to join Global Citizen international broadcast event live from New York City’s Central Park

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Global Citizen have announced  that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be joining the 24-hour  Global Citizen Live event being broadcast in Central Park New York on September 25th 2021, with the event featuring performances from all over the world, including: Lagos, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, Sydney and other locations. The purpose of the 24 hour event is to highlight the Global Citizen campaign called a "Recovery Plan for the World" which focuses on 5 pillars Ending the Pandemic Stopping the Hunger Crisis Ensure Learning for All Children Protecting the Planet and Advancing Equity for All A whole host of world leaders and artists and performers will be taking part in the 24-hour event which will be televised and available to watch on various TV channels and streaming services. 

"ICONS" in 2021 TIME 100 Most Influential People List - Meghan Markle & Prince Harry make the list

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Having participated as presenters in the first ever televised version of the TIME 100 Most Influential people T.V. event in 2020, this year Meghan and Harry are included in the 2021 TIME 100 list,  in the ICONS category. Meghan and Harry are introduced in the TIME 100 magazine article by their charitable partner and friend Chef Jose Andres, co-founder of World Central Kitchen. Chef Andres speaks of Meghan and Harry's sense of urgency that drives them as humanitarians and activists.  Photo from Time Magazine Chef Andres writes: "Meghan and Harry turn compassion into boots on the ground through their Archewell Foundation. They give voice to the voiceless through media production. Hand in hand with non profit partners, they take risks to help communities in need—offering mental-health support to Black women and girls in the U.S., and feeding those affected by natural disasters in India and the Caribbean." Jose goes on: "Springing into action is not the easy choice for a

Happy 37th Birthday to Prince Harry on September 15th 2021

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Wishing Prince Harry a very Happy 37th Birthday - I hope that his celebrations include some cake and some chocolate!

UK Daily Express Newspaper admit they published an incorrect 'racism' story about Meghan Markle & Prince Harry

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The UK's  Daily Express Newspaper has published an apology to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex today over a false story that they had released,  in which they claimed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had criticized the Queen over her handling of the allegations made by the couple of racism in the Royal Family. This story had been picked up and widely reported by other worldwide news outlets. In their apology today,  the Daily Express state "The allegation of criticism reported in the book "Finding Freedom" did not come from the Duke and Duchess. The authors of "Finding Freedom" do not speak on behalf of the Duke and Duchess." The Daily Express added that they were happy to set out the correct position and they apologised to the Duke and Duchess. This is also somewhat of a rebuke to the authors of Finding Freedom as the Express has been forced to acknowledge that the authors do not speak for Meghan and Harry - something which has been widely specula

Prince Harry & Dr. Jill Biden honour Warrior Games athletes, their families, and care givers

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Prince Harry had been due to attend the 2021 Warrior Games at Disney in Orlando this week, but unfortunately just one month ago it was announced that the in-person Games were cancelled due to COVID 19 health concerns. Typically, hundreds of elite athletes would have competed in adaptive sporting events, including archery, swimming, golf, indoor rowing, and wheelchair basketball, volley and rugby.  To honour the veterans Harry teamed up with the first lady Jill Biden and US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and some of the athletes in a zoom call,  that kicked started what will be a few days of virtual Warrior Games. The Warrior Games is a multi-sport event for wounded, injured or ill US service personnel and veterans established in 2010. Since 2015 the Games have been organized by the US Department of Defense.  Prince Harry, at the time serving as a Captain and helicopter pilot in the British Army, opened the 2013 Games which inspired him to create the Invictus Games. Harry has openly

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry honour 9/11 lost lives - World Trade Centre and other attacks that took place on September 11th 2001

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To honour those who lost their lives during events of September 11th 2001 (World Trade Centre and other attacks on that day) Meghan Markle & Prince Harry have listed the names of those who lost their lives that day on their Archewell website. The start of the list of the 2,977 people who lost their lives that day is below. Click  here for the full list of names.

Grace Jones will be helping to raise funds for a charity connected to Prince Harry

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The UK based non-profit  WellChild  of which Prince Harry is patron, will be benefitting from The ICON BALL. Grace Jones has arrived in London and she will headline the event which includes a fashion runway show, a 3-course meal, an award ceremony and a charity auction. The event will take place at the Landmark Hotel in London, on Friday 17th September 2021, just before the start of London Fashion week. WellChild is the national UK children's charity making it possible for children and young people with exceptional health needs to be cared for, whenever possible, at home instead of hospital.   WellChild families will be involved in the fashion show at the event, taking part and wearing designer clothes on the catwalk. Money raised from the event will be donated in part to WellChild as well as to other c harities such as NHS Charities Together and the BFC Foundation (a fashion charity.) Abby Guilding, WellChild Director of Fundraising, said: “WellChild is delighted to be involve

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry partner Procter & Gamble help residents impacted by Hurricane Ida

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Meghan Markle's & Prince Harry's Archewell Foundation have a charitable link with US Corporation Procter & Gamble. P&G are bringing some practical assistance to residents in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida left more than a million residents without power. P&G are assisting families, individuals, and first responders in need of personal care items and cleaning products AND will also do a couple of loads of laundry for them.  P&G have set up their Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Laundry Unit in conjunction with a local non-profit Matthew 25: Ministries. The mobile laundry vehicle has begun services in LaPlace, Louisiana at the Walmart Supercenter and will provide free, full-service laundry to residents affected by the recent hurricane. Residents can bring clothes (up to two loads per household) to be washed, dried and folded.  In a press release P&G say that they have a "history of giving back to the communities where they live and work, and they wanted to

Prince Harry (in his tuxedo) presents GQ 2021 Award to COVID-19 Vaccination Team

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Prince Harry beamed in live from California wearing his tuxedo to take part in the 24th British GQ Men Of The Year Awards, in association with Boss, that took place at the Tate Modern in London, UK. Harry presented the GQ’s Heroes Of The Year award to the entire team of dedicated scientists whose research led to the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine.  Photo from GQ Magazine UK Prince Harry’s  speech spoke of the Oxford/AstraZeneca team's incredible humanitarian work in developing the life-saving vaccine at record speed, while also calling for the world to remember such crucial work requires continual funding. Harry continued to urge countries to share vaccines.  Harry reminded the attendees at the event that more than a third of the global population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, but there is a huge disparity between who can and cannot access the vaccine. Harry stressed that less than two percent of people in the developing world have received a

Piers Morgan found by Ofcom to have made highly offensive comments 'with potential to cause harm and offence' to ITV viewers

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The UK television regulatory body know as Ofcom have reported on whether UK TV channel ITV breached the Ofcom Broadcasting Code, following over 50,000 complaints that Ofcom received following a breakfast show co-hosted by Piers Morgan, following Meghan and Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey. The  Report (click here to read the while report)   looked into complaints made over multiple derisive comments made by Piers Morgan on TV shows that aired back on March 8th and 9th 2021, notably comments Piers made accusing Meghan of lying when Meghan said she had felt suicidal while living with the UK Royal Family.  Ofcom concluded that Morgan's comments had the potential to cause harm and offence to viewers, but added that this harm was mitigated by steps taken by the TV network and by other TV presenters on-set on those days. The regulator concluded that Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved Meghan provided that the TV network (ITV) ensured that adequate protection from harm and s

Hurricane IDA News - World Central Kitchen are up and running in New Orleans

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World Central Kitchen (WCK ) are up and running in New Orleans following Hurricane Ida. Despite the lack of power following the hurricane, the WCK team are managing to prepare hot meals and sandwiches for New Orleans residents, first responders, and clean up crews.  A very good choice of partner by Meghan and Harry and their Archewell Foundation Photos from the WCK Twitter account

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's WCK partners will be feeding refugees arriving from Afghanistan

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As well as continuing to meet the needs of the people of Haiti following the recent earthquake, Meghan and Harry's charity partner  World Central Kitchen   are gearing up to feed Afghan refugees as they arrive in the USA. This team are preparing to feed those arriving at Dulles Airport in Washington DC.  Photo from WCK Twitter account

Women for Afghan Women Org. (WAW) thank Meghan Markle & Prince Harry for their generous donation

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Civil society organization Women for Afghan Women (WAW) have posted messages of thanks to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for the couple's recent donation that was made through their Archewell Foundation. WAW state that they are "immensely grateful for the generosity of the Archewell Foundation in support of our efforts to evacuate/relocate thousands of Afghan women, children, families, including our staff" out of Afghanistan follow the take-over of power by the Taliban. Per the WAW website,   the WAW organization is dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls in Afghanistan and New York. In particular, WAW works to help Afghan women and girls exercise their rights to pursue their individual potential to self-determination, and to representation in all areas of life—political, social, cultural, and economic.  WAW state that in the past 2 decades they have been relentlessly advocating for women’s rights and challenging the nor

100th Edition of Podcast "Kind thoughts for Meghan Markle" just published

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The 100th edition of the podcast "Kind thoughts for Meghan Markle" has just been published. Thank you all for your interest in positive stories about Meghan, Harry, Archie and Lili and for continuing to follow my blog and podcast. Click  HERE  to listen to the 100th edition - listening is FREE and with no advertisements!

Prince Harry hosted the charity Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Aspen, Colorado, USA on August 19th 2021

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Prince Harry got back involved in the sport of Polo for a cause close to his heart. He hosted the Sentebale  ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Aspen, Colorado, USA to raise critical funding for his and Prince Seeiso's charity Sentebale, an organization that supports vulnerable children in Southern Africa who are impacted by extreme poverty, inequality, and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Dr Haruhisa Handa is the Founder and Chairman of the International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS Handa). A Japanese philanthropist, he has founded numerous charitable organisations both in Japan and internationally. He believes that sport has the power to inspire, transform, and unite people and communities across social, racial and socio-economic barriers. ISPS Handa say that they are excited and impressed by Sentebale’s continuous work, in both Lesotho and Botswana, that enables vulnerable children and young people to live and thrive. As a spokesperson for Sentebale Prince Harry writes: "The Sentebale Polo C