Prince Harry was spotted playing polo in California Friday in his first public sighting after returning from the U.K.
The Duke of Sussex played for his friend Nacho Figueras’ team at a polo game against Dundee II at the Cancha de Estrella’s Polo Club in Santa Barbara, People reported.
In a photo obtained by the outlet, Prince Harry, 37, wore a green shirt, white pants, knee pads and black riding boots for the game.
Prince Harry looked defeated after the match, which was open to the public, ended with the opposing team winning by 12-8.
His wife, Meghan Markle, was not in attendance at the event, according to the outlet. But the Duchess of Sussex cheered her husband during some of his polo games last month.
Markle sported a striped blouse, black shorts, a white blazer and a sun hat when she watched and cheered from the sidelines as Prince Harry competed in the Harry East Memorial Tournament at the Santa Barbara Polo Club on May 2.
Prince Harry and Figueras’ team Los Padres, which means the fathers/parents in Spanish, went on to win the tournament.
Later that month, Markle was also present when Prince Harry and the Los Padres team won the Lisle Nixon Memorial trophy at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.
The former “Suits” star presented the trophy and gave each team member a kiss on the cheek before congratulating Prince Harry with a kiss on the lips. She was seen wiping her red lipstick off her husband’s face as they both laughed.
Prince Harry’s Friday sighting was the first time he’s been spotted since he and Markle returned from the U.K., where they reunited with the royal family for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee last week.
The couple, who brought along their son Archie, 3, and daughter Lilibet, 1, kept a low profile while in his home country and attended just two events over the four-day celebration.
The Sussexes watched the Trooping the Colour parade on June 2 from the Major General’s Office as the Buckingham Palace balcony appearance was “limited to Her Majesty and those members of the Royal Family who are currently undertaking official public duties on behalf of the Queen,” according to the palace. They also attended the National Service of Thanksgiving in honor of the Queen at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral the following day.
An unnamed source told People that Prince Harry and Markle were “low-key” while in the U.K. because they were focused only on seeing Queen Elizabeth and are no longer working royals.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams suggested that the couple worked with the royal family to ensure that their return to the U.K. would not overshadow the Platinum Jubilee.
“They wanted the minimum amount of publicity. They wanted the publicity and the focus to be on the Queen and on the expertise of the various events and the rather extraordinary mix of things, from the parades to the big lunches. That’s what it was, and that was very, very well-handled,” he said on Us Weekly’s “Royally Us” podcast.