Meghan Markle was cheering her husband on from the sidelines of the polo field on Friday, as Prince Harry‘s team battled in vain for a place in their league final.
Casually dressed in a denim shirt and shorts, with flat Grecian-style leather sandals, the Duchess of Sussex watched the match intently.
She appeared animated as she followed the game, lemonade in hand.
The prince, 37, joined the Los Padres polo team in May under the name Harry Wales, and has spent the last few weeks playing alongside his teammates.
The team, which competes in the Pacific Coast Circuit Inter-Circuit Cup, was founded by Nacho Figueras, 45, an Argentine polo professional and model, and longtime friend of the prince.
It came as friends revealed last night how Prince William is still at ‘rock bottom’ over the fractured bond with his brother.
Meghan Markle is seen on Friday in watching her husband play polo in Santa Barbara
Markle held her phone in one hand, and what looked like a lemonade in the other
Harry, 37, has been playing since May with the Los Padres polo team, only a few miles from his Montecito home
Meghan Markle watches husband Prince Harry at this latest polo game. The royal was playing for his Los Padres side at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
The Duchess of Sussex was accompanied by a barefooted Delfina Blaquier, wife of Harry’s teammate Nacho Figueras
Harry is seen in action on Friday, as Los Padres tried to reach Sunday’s league final
Meghan Markle hangs out with the Polo WAGS as she enjoys a cold drink and watches Prince Harry play Polo
Meghan checks her phone while watching Harry play polo in Santa Barbara on Friday
Figueras, who has a handicap of five – out of a maximum of 10 – is the most experienced player in the team.
Harry’s handicap is one.
The pair are accompanied by two 16-year-olds, Keko Magrini, on a handicap of four, and Juan Guerrero, a two-goal player.
Meghan, 40, was cheering on the chukkas from the sidelines, besides Figueras’s wife Delfina Blaquier.
During intervals, she and Harry sat together under an awning.
She was also seen hugging Figueras.
Harry’s team was playing in the semi-final, against the Folded Hills team.
They were hoping to win through to Sunday’s final, but ultimately lost the match.
Meanwhile, friends of William lifted the lid on the brothers’ relationship, which has been put under strain in recent years.
‘He alternates between grieving for what he has lost and feeling really, really angry about what his brother has done,’ said one.
‘He truly loves Harry and feels he has lost the only person, aside from his wife, who understood this strange life of theirs.
‘But he believes there are things you just don’t do. And Harry has 100 per cent crossed that line.’
In a new series for the Daily Mail — ahead of Prince William’s landmark birthday on Tuesday — impeccable sources within his circle, some on the record, some on condition of anonymity, have revealed what makes him tick.
The result is illuminating, encouraging — and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny.
Yet his strained relationship with his brother does, inevitably, come heavily into play.