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Back on his high horse! Prince Harry plays polo in Santa Barbara as Meghan watches

Meghan Markle cheered on her husband from the sidelines of the polo field on Friday as Prince Harry’s team battled in vain for a place in the league final.

Casually dressed in jeans and shorts, with Greek-style flat leather sandals, the Duchess of Sussex watched the match intently.

She seemed animated as she watched the game, lemonade in hand.

The 37-year-old prince joined the Los Padres polo team under the name Harry Wales in May and has been playing alongside his teammates for the past few weeks.

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 an old friend of the Prince.

Meghan Markle can be seen Friday watching her husband play polo in Santa Barbara

Meghan Markle can be seen Friday watching her husband play polo in Santa Barbara

Harry, 37, has been playing with the Los Padres polo team since May, just a few miles from his home in Montecito

Harry, 37, has been playing with the Los Padres polo team since May, just a few miles from his home in Montecito

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The Duchess of Sussex was joined by a barefoot Delfina Blaquier, wife of Harry's teammate Nacho Figueras

The Duchess of Sussex was joined by a barefoot Delfina Blaquier, wife of Harry’s teammate Nacho Figueras

Harry can be seen in action on Friday as Los Padres tried to reach Sunday's league final

Harry can be seen in action on Friday as Los Padres tried to reach Sunday’s league final

The 40-year-old held her phone in one hand, and what looked like lemonade in the other

The Duchess seemed deeply engaged in the game, as she watched from the sidelines

Markle held her phone in one hand and what looked like a lemonade in the other

Figueras, with a handicap of five – out of a maximum of 10 – is the most experienced player on the team.

Harry’s handicap is one.

The pair are joined by two 16-year-olds, Keko Magrini, who has a handicap of four, and Juan Guerrero, a two-goal player.

Meghan, 40, was cheering the chukkas from the sidelines alongside Figueras’ wife Delfina Blaquier.

During the breaks, she and Harry sat together under an awning.

She was also seen hugging Figueras.

Harry’s team played in the semifinals, against the Folded Hills team.

They hoped to advance to Sunday’s final, but ended up losing the game.

During intermissions in the game, Meghan and Harry sought shade under an awning, Meghan crouched down and put her hand on his knee

During intermissions in the game, Meghan and Harry sought shade under an awning, Meghan crouched down and put her hand on his knee

Meghan hugs Figueras, who founded the Los Padres team

Meghan hugs Figueras, who founded the Los Padres team

Meghan and Figueras appeared to be engaged in an animated discussion as Harry stretched out behind him

Meghan and Figueras appeared to be engaged in an animated discussion as Harry stretched out behind him

Harry can be seen on his chestnut pony on Friday, wearing the green bandage for the colors of Los Padres

Harry can be seen on his chestnut pony on Friday, wearing the green bandage for the colors of Los Padres

The 37-year-old has been playing polo since he was a boy, following in the footsteps of his father and older brother

The 37-year-old has been playing polo since he was a boy, following in the footsteps of his father and older brother

Harry looked thoughtful as he mounted his bangs for another chukka

Harry looked thoughtful as he mounted his bangs for another chukka

The prince is an experienced rider and has been riding since he was a boy

The prince is an experienced rider and has been riding since he was a boy

Harry is seen wearing the white number one shirt, with Figueras on his left

Harry is seen wearing the white number one shirt, with Figueras on his left

The loss marked the end of a frustrating week for the prince, who fell to his pony quarterfinals on Sunday in front of celebrity friends who came to the site to cheer him on.

Harry was unharmed in the incident at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, as was his ride.

He didn’t seem too dejected by the result, as he was seen with friends on the sidelines, including American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee, 38, her composer husband David Foster, 72, and their young son Rennie.

Foster, who is just a year younger than Prince Charles, has been described by some as a “father figure” to Harry.

Charles was also known to fall off his horse in polo and occasionally break his arm.

In New Zealand, Charles fell off his ride three times in six weeks.

In 2000, he was taken to hospital in Cirencester and had to stay overnight after falling during a charity match in the Cotswolds when his sons, then 19 and 16, were on his team.

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