Prince Harry ends US tour with charity polo match

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Media captionHarry's team won the match 4-3 - with the prince scoring the winning goal

Prince Harry has ended his visit to the US by playing a polo match to raise funds for his charity that helps people affected by HIV and Aids in Lesotho.

In a speech before the game, the prince said he had witnessed "extraordinary generosity" during his trip and added that it had been a wonderful week.

He took part in the Sentebale Polo Cup match which raised $1m (£600,000).

Prince Harry has attracted cheering crowds and huge media attention during the tour.

One of the highlights was a visit to the Warrior Games for injured servicemen and women.

'Wonderful week'

The polo match, which was named after Prince Harry's charity, was staged at Greenwich Polo Club, Connecticut.

The prince told the 400 guests in attendance: "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."

Harry played in a team captained by England regular Malcolm Borthwick against one led by Argentine player Nacho Figueras, who has become an ambassador for the Sentebale charity.

The prince scored the winning goal in a hard-fought game that ended 4-3.

'Harry mania'

During the seven-day tour, which has been widely hailed as a success, Prince Harry met US First Lady Michelle Obama at a reception for the families of military personnel.

He also laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

Image caption The charity polo match raised £600,000 for Prince Harry's HIV/Aids charity in Africa

He started off the first event of the Warrior Games at the US Air Force Training Academy in Colorado.

"There's no reason why the Warrior Games shouldn't be recognised with the same amount of attention as the Olympics and Paralympics," he said.

Prince Harry was joined by Prime Minister David Cameron, who was on a separate visit to the US, in New York to encourage more Americans to visit, study and do business in Britain.

BBC diplomatic and royal correspondent Peter Hunt said the prince played "Harry mania" to his strengths during the tour.

"The images generated have been in stark contrast to the ones printed in some papers the last time he crossed the Atlantic - when a naked Harry was captured for posterity playing strip billiards in Las Vegas with strangers," said our correspondent.

"In the eyes of some, his rehabilitation is complete."

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