The Prince has got game.
Prince William scored four goals to lead his Foundation team to victory in the Foundation Polo Challenge at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on Saturday.
Playing before a crowd that included Governor Jerry Brown and actors Rob Lowe, Zoe Saldana, Billy Zane and Jennifer Love Hewitt, William’s team won the compeitition and took the specially made Tiffany & Co. silver trophy.
William, an avid polo player, playfully said before the match, “I’ll be picking it up later,” reported USA Today.
The public address announcer said the game had a “storybook ending,” with the prince leading his team to victory and accepting the trophy from his wife, Kate.
The game was a fundraiser for the foundation of William, Kate and William’s younger brother, Harry, for causes like military veterans and their families and sustainable development.
It was reported that players on William’s team paid $100,000 for the opportunity to be his teammate, while the opposing team players put up $50,000 each.
The tickets for the match cost between $400 and $4,000.
For the cynical, there were questions about whether the game was fixed.
Andy Busch, a regular in the high-goal tournaments at the Polo & Racquet Club and a teammate of Williams on Saturday, said the the game was played on the level.
“People may think it, but it was absolutely not fixed,” he told USA Today. “Audi was out to win that game, but our team had things go our way.”
Added Busch, “In my mind, Prince William was no doubt the MVP. He played one heck of a game.”
Wesley Ru, who was defending William in the match, told USA Today,. “I got royally beaten today.”