Prince Harry may have been at odds with Prince William over the past few years – but there’s a man in his life who isn’t afraid to make sensitive displays with him.
For years, Argentine Ignacio Figueras, known as Nacho, played polo with Prince Harry, 37, attended the royal wedding and was one of the first to meet his son Archie in 2019.
Meanwhile, he has become one of the Sussex family’s most outspoken supporters, praising the 40-year-old Duke and Duchess in magazine interviews and TV appearances.
He appeared on Ellen’s runway in September 2019, announced that he would “defend his friends” with his life, and even launched a royal-inspired fragrance.
Nacho and Harry have been especially tactile in recent weeks when they play polo together at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racket Club.
Prince Harry may have been feuding with Prince William for the past few years – but he’s not afraid of a sensitive display with Ignacio Figueras
Nacho has played polo with Prince Harry, 37, for years, attended the royal wedding and first met his son Archie in 2019 (left, 2019 and 2021 right)
While they may appear to be from different worlds, it was their shared love of polo that made them a close friendship.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nacho started playing the sport at a mature age of 9 after his father introduced him to the sport.
He became a professional polo player at the age of 17. After a stint in Europe, he eventually joined the Birch Polo team in Bridgehampton, New York.
Described by Tatler as the “David Beckham of polo,” he now has a 6-goal handicap, an estimated net worth of $30 million, and has modeled for Ralph Lauren since 2000.
But modeling was never the athlete’s goal, and he started his career just to make some extra cash and bring more attention to his beloved sport.
It all started when photographer Bruce Weber approached Calvin Klein at a Hamptons party hosted by his ex-wife Kelly, who encouraged him to start modeling.
Fraction!Nacho congratulates Prince Harry on scoring a goal at the Cente Ballehanda Polo Cup charity match in Rome; pictured in May 2019
While his career has introduced his objectively handsome face into everyday homes through glossy fashion magazines and TV commercials, the game of polo has always been his true passion.
He and Harry have spent the past decade playing side by side in charity matches, eventually making them close friends.
Both Prince Harry and Nacho regularly participate in Centerborough charity games to raise money for Centerborough, an organization co-founded by Prince Harry to support HIV-affected children and young people in southern Africa.
Philanthropy is another shared interest between Nacho and the Duke, and the polo player has actively praised the work of the royals over the years.
The two bonded over their love of polo, their life as fathers and their ongoing charity work (pictured, in 217 in Singapore)
Talking about his friendship with the royal family, Nacho told Town and Country magazine in 2019: “What I like most about him is his authenticity and his seriousness about improving the lives of children who don’t have the children we have. .”Have. ‘
Nacho has been to Lesotho three times with Prince Harry, most recently opening the Mamohato Centre together in 2015.
He said the charity for which he was an ambassador was “very close to our hearts”.
He also revealed that Prince Harry was “the first person to wake up” during their trip to Lesotho and was always kept up to date on the situation.
Royal affairs: The couple pose for a photo at St George’s Chapel to celebrate Prince Harry’s wedding to their close friend Meghan Markle; pictured in May 2018
Nacho said Duke often points out issues that should be fixed and asks for devices to be updated.
As well as forging a special friendship with Prince Harry, the polo game also brought him to his wife Delphine Blakiel, the daughter of an Argentine polo player.
The two first met at a polo match in Buenos Aires in 1997. They started dating in early 1998, welcomed their first son in 2000, and married in December 2005.
The couple now have four children: Hilario; Aurora; Atmo; and Alba.
Best mates: Nacho and Prince Harry with Meghan Markle and Delphine walking behind them at the 2018 Centreborough ISPS Handa Polo Cup; pictured July 2018
Supporting Harry: Nacho Figueres at the Centreball ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Rome, the charity co-founded by the prince; pictured in May 2019
Fatherhood is another topic thought to be linked to the Duke of Sussex.
Shortly after the birth of his son Archie, Nacho praised him as an “amazing” parent and said he was “very, very happy” with the fatherhood.
He said: “He seemed really, really happy, so I’m very happy and excited for him.
“I’ve said it for a long time, he’s a man who loves children.
“In all of this stuff we’ve been doing in Africa, I’ve seen him interact with kids for a long time, so I’m not surprised he’s an amazing dad.”
Brotherhood: Duke joins Nacho at a polo game just days after his son Archie Harrison was born in 2019
Sussex couple’s vocal supporters Nacho and Prince Harry have long appeared close and tactile in their friendship
The polo player launched his fragrance line on Instagram in 2019, including one called “Windsor”
One of the most recognizable players in the world, he has actively defended Harry and Meghan over the years.
The father of four is an ambassador for Sentebale, an organization founded by the prince to help children and young people living with HIV and AIDS in Lesotho.
In the interview, he also described Meghan as “incredible” and revealed how she “gives up everything for the man she loves”.
He also selected six fragrances, including one called “Windsor,” which alludes to a “brotherhood” with the Duke.
Earlier this week, he shared an Instagram post praising Duke, writing: “It’s such a joy to see you smiling and so happy. I love being your teammate.
Despite Prince Harry stepping down from royal duties, the couple remain close!Prince Harry and Nacho hug at the Aspen Valley Polo Club on Thursday, August 19, 2021
The Duke and Nacho have played their last polo match in Santa Barbara before Prince Harry and his family head to London to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee
Yesterday, Nacho shared a photo of the pair after their most recent polo match and said he “liked” to be his teammate in a testament to his closeness to the royal family