PRINCE Harry is set to skip his annual high-profile charity polo match with Prince William next month – as he won’t come to Britain “unless absolutely necessary”.

Harry has been competing in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day with his brother for years, raising millions for charities close to their hearts.

Harry pictured with Meghan Markle and son Archie at least year's event

Harry pictured with Meghan Markle and son Archie at least year’s eventCredit: Getty – Contributor

Harry said he 'definitely plans on coming back' to the UK in a video call marking Rugby League's 125th birthday
Harry said he ‘definitely plans on coming back’ to the UK in a video call marking Rugby League’s 125th birthdayCredit: supplied by Pixel8000

But the Duke of Sussex is set to skip this year’s event, staying put in his Santa Barbara mansion in California instead.

A source told Talk of the Town: “It’s such a shame that Harry can’t make the polo this year but he won’t come back to Britain unless it’s absolutely necessary.”

The Duke of Cambridge is believed to be desperate for the event to go ahead in September, despite social distancing rules limiting the number of guests.

While weddings are restricted to 30 people, there is enough space at the secret venue for this year’s match to let 48 spectators keep two metres apart.

The numbers are far below the 400 or so celebrities who usually attend, raising fortunes for the brothers’ charities such as Tusk Trust and Sentebale.

It comes after Harry said he “definitely would have been back” to the UK were it not for Covid-19, as he spoke in a video marking Rugby League’s 125th birthday. 

The Duke joined a virtual call alongside staff and volunteers from the Rugby Football League from his $14million mansion in Santa Barbara where he is currently living with wife Meghan Markle.

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