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Prince Harry Takes a Tumble at Charity Polo Match

Britain's Prince Harry gets back up after falling off his horse during the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic in New York on June 27, 2010.
CBS/Gordon Donovan
Britain's Prince Harry falls off his horse during the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in New York on June 27, 2010.
CBS/Gordon Donovan

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Britian's Prince Harry played polo for a good cause on Sunday - but couldn't stay on his horse while doing it.

Pictures: Prince Harry Plays Polo
Pictures: Prince Harry in New York

The royal took a tumble off his polo pony during the first half of the Vueve Clicquot Polo Classic on New York's Governor's Island, but quickly got back up with a smile on his face and continued the match.

The 25-year-old prince's Black Rock team lost to the Black Watch team, headed by captain Nacho Figueras, 6-5 in overtime.

"I think his horse got spooked, or something," Figueras told The Associated Press, adding, "It was a very tight match - right till the end, we didn't know who was going to win so it was very exciting to play."

The charity event raised money for American Friends of Sentebale, the U.S. arm of the charity founded by Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to support orphaned and vulnerable children in the AIDS-ravaged African country.

The United States "has always protected the downtrodden, the poorest, those most in need of help in the world," Harry said before the match. "And to me, this is what the United States stands for."

Pictures: Harry's Charity
Pictures: Harry in Lesotho

Harry added both he and the African prince wanted to follow the examples set by their mothers.

"Both were very much loved, and both loved people - both loved helping people who needed it the most," he said.

At the awards ceremony after the match, Figuras told the crowd that he would auction off the Piaget watch he was awarded for captaining the winning team, with proceeds benefiting Prince Harry's charity.

Celebrities in attendance at the event included Susan Sarandon, Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, Mary J. Blige, Veronica Webb, Josh Lucas and Julianna Margulies.

The polo match marked the conclusion of Prince Harry's three-day trip to New York. He also threw out the first pitch at Saturday's New York Mets baseball game and visited with cadets at West Point.