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Prince Harry to host polo match in Singapore for his Africa charity

He will also visit Sydney, which in 2018 will stage the Prince’s Invictus Games.

Prince Harry is to visit Singapore to stage a polo match in aid of his charity Sentebale and will also travel to Australia, Kensington Palace has said.

Harry will host the Singapore polo match in June in aid of his organisation based in Lesotho which provides support to African children living with HIV and Aids.

That month he will also visit Sydney, which in 2018 will stage the Prince’s Invictus Games, a competition for injured servicemen and women and veterans from across the globe.

Kensington Palace said in a statement: “His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales will make visits to Singapore and Sydney in early June.

“Prince Harry will travel to Singapore to play in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. Sentebale is a charity that Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho established in 2006 and is working to become the leading organisation in the provision of psycho-social support for children living with HIV in Southern Africa.

“In Sydney, Prince Harry will attend events to celebrate the city’s hosting of the 2018 Invictus Games, the international sporting competition for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women founded by the Prince in 2014.”

Speaking at a fundraising concert for his charity staged last summer and headlined by Coldplay, Harry told the crowds: “Sentebale has helped tens of thousands of children in just over a decade.

“This is a topic that has drifted from the headlines but remains an urgent challenge.”

A 2004 gap year trip to the landlocked African nation of Lesotho inspired the prince to set up his charity two years later with the country’s Prince Seeiso, younger brother of King Letsie III.

Their aim was to help youngsters in need and other children who had lost one or both parents to Aids or contracted the disease themselves.

Both princes established Sentebale in memory of their mothers, with the name of the charity meaning forget-me-not, which Harry later found out was his mother Diana, Princess of Wales’s favourite flower growing up.

In November 2015, Sentebale opened its £2 million Mamohato Children’s Centre in Lesotho to scale up its Mamohato camps – a residential project providing psychological, social and practical support to children struggling to cope with being HIV positive.

That year the charity announced plans to expand into several southern African countries by 2020 and by December 2016, Sentebale launched the first few weeks of its camp in Botswana to 150 children.

The Sentebale polo cup has become an important annual fundraising event for the organisation and has been staged in exclusive venues around the world from Barbados and New York to Florida and Brazil.

Cathy Ferrier, Sentebale’s chief executive, said: “It is our ambition to see a reduction in the number of new HIV infections and Aids-related deaths amongst adolescents in southern Africa, by putting youth first and equipping them with skills and relevant wraparound support that they need to lead healthy, productive lives.”

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