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That's a Princely Sum! William and Harry Raise Nearly $14 Million for Royal Charities Playing Polo

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It’s often said that polo is a rich person’s sport. However, it also provides rich pickings for charities supported by Princes William and Harry.

Their office announced on Friday that through playing polo, the two brothers have raised the princely sum of $13.9 million since 2007, including $1.17 million last year. This year they expect to raise a similar amount.

And, with the British High Season in full swing, the royals are already off to a good start. This weekend they will take part in the annual Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park – near Windsor, England – which will raise money four of their charities.

Over the rest of the summer, they will raise funds for 13 other organization.

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Harry recognized the impact that they can have when he spoke to the United Kingdom’s Sunday Times shortly before his Invictus Games kicked off in Orlando earlier this month. He played a game in Palm Beach, Florida, raising money for his African charity Sentebale.

“I know it doesn t look great, riding round playing polo,” he said. “But it is the best form of raising that much money for so many charities.”

Come this weekend, royal fans are probably keeping an eye out for a special appearance by Princess Kate and her children Prince George and – possibly taking her polo bow – Princess Charlotte.

Last year, George drew a lot of adorable attention when he played on a hill by the side of the polo field with Kate.