Who is Prince Harry’s friend Nacho Figueras
Hello Nacho! Prince Harry’s hunky Argentine polo player friend steals the show at the Sentebale Cup (and the pair go back for more than 10 years)
- Hunky Nacho Figueras, 41, stole the show at the Sentebale Polo Cup on Thursday
- The international polo player has been friends with Prince Harry since 2007
- He was once voted the second most handsome man in the world by Vanity Fair
While his team stormed to victory at the Senetable Polo Cup, for once, all eyes were not on Prince Harry on Thursday.
Instead it was his close friend and international polo legend Nacho Figueras, 41, who stole the show and melted hearts across social media.
Nacho, whose real name is Ignacio and models for Ralph Lauren, showed off his model good looks in his crisp black and white uniform at the Berkshire based event.
And the Argentine’s good looks haven’t gone unnoticed, he was once voted the second most handsome man in the world by Vanity Fair – just behind Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson.
Hello Nacho! Harry’s friend Nacho Figueras, 41 (right) stole the show and melted hearts across social media after appearing at the Sentebale Polo Cub in Berkshire on Thursday (26 July)
Harry and Nacho playing together in Wellington, Florida in 2016. Nacho, whose real name is Ignacio, models for Ralph Lauren and the pair have been friends for more than 10 years
The dashing athlete became friends with Prince Harry in 2007 when they played together at a polo match.
The strength of their friendship was revealed when Nacho and his wife were invited to Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle, blagging an invite to both the ceremony and the exclusive after party.
Today their close bond was on full display, as Meghan gave Nacho a peck on the cheek during the prize presentation ceremony.
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Harry and Nacho’s Sentebale St Regis team won 5-4 over Royal Salute, with the Prince scoring two goals at the Sentebale Polo Cup – held to raise funds for Harry’s charity which supports young people with HIV and Aids in Lesotho.
Speaking before the couple’s wedding, Nacho said on Good Morning America: ‘[Harry] is going to be an amazing husband. He hopefully will be a great father.’
Sorry ladies, he’s taken! The polo star has been married to model Delfina Blaquier for 18 years and they have four children, Hilario, Aurora, Artemio and Alba (pictured in New Jersey in May)
Harry and Nacho playing together in 2017. Nacho came from modest beginnings, growing up on his father’s farm near Buenos Aires, before rising to the top of one of the most elitist sports
The pair at a polo match in Singapore in 2017. The strength of their friendship was revealed when Nacho and his wife were invited to Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May
Harry and Nacho in 2017. The dashing athlete became friends with the prince in 2007 when they played together at a polo match, and they have remained close
Speaking on Good Morning America earlier this year, Nacho (far left) said: ‘[Harry] is going to be an amazing husband. He hopefully will be a great father’
He added: ‘I can’t wait for him to go into this stage of his life. I think he’s been ready for this for a while and the best part of his life is about to come.’
The polo star has been married to model Delfina Blaquier for 18 years and they have four children, Hilario, Aurora, Artemio and Alba.
Nacho came from modest beginnings, growing up on his father’s farm near Buenos Aires, before rising to the top of one of the most elitist sports in the world, playing alongside princes and aristocrats.
‘My background isn’t wealthy. Many people ride in Argentina, so that’s not unusual, but to start I had just one pony,’ he told the Daily Mail in 2013.
By 14, Nacho had persuaded his parents that he should only attend school for half the day, so he could devote his afternoons to polo.
Nacho and his wife Delfina attended Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19 last year, and even bagged an invite to the exclusive evening reception (pictured outside St George’s Chapel Windsor)
The sportsman became friends with Prince Harry in 2007 when they played together at a polo match (pictured together with their wives Meghan, Duchess of Sussex,and Delfina Blaquier)
Sorry Harry! While his team stormed to victory at the Senetable Polo Cup, for once, all eyes were not on Prince Harry as royal watchers spotted Nacho (far right, pictured with Harry, Meghan and fellow players in Berkshire)
Meghan presented the trophy to Nacho on stage, before giving him a peck on the cheek after his team stormed to victory at the Sentebale Polo Cup in Berkshire today
His determination paid off: by the age of 17 he was playing professionally in New York. ‘So for me polo is democratic, because it means that a boy from a normal family in the country can play with princes.’
It wasn’t just his talents on the field that caught the attention of celebrities and fans worldwide, and saw him interviewed on Oprah and land a cameo role in Gossip Girl.
Figueras was also the brooding face of Ralph Lauren’s Polo fragrances, but the father-of-four said that modelling, for him, was a practical choice.
‘That was very useful, as it meant I could afford better horses, and without the horses you’re no player,’ said Nacho, whose main home is near Buenos Aires, where he has hundreds of horses.
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