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Next stop, Singapore! Prince Harry leaves Japan to play in a Sentebale polo match with old friend Nacho after pair larked around ‘shopping for their wives’ in Tokyo – while Meghan Markle ‘enjoyed girls’ night out at Taylor Swift concert in LA’

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A grinning Prince Harry has departed on the next leg of his boys-only Asian tour after a two-day trip to Japan as his wife partied with friends watching Taylor Swift in LA.

The Duke of Sussex is heading to Singapore where he will play in a polo match in aid of Sentebale, his charity set up to help children and young people in Lesotho in southern Africa.

Harry is with his polo player best friend Nacho Figueras, but not accompanied by Meghan or their two children, Archie, four, and Lilibet, two. 

The old friends looked to be having a great time as they boarded a flight at Tokyo Narita, after they playfully posed in women’s sunglasses. Nacho posted on Instagram that they were ‘shopping for our wives’ – with some fans describing them as ‘real brothers’ amid the Duke’s strained relationship with Prince William.

Harry and Nacho had been at a branch of Itoya Top Drawer in midtown Tokyo, trying on Kolo eyewear which retails at $175 (£137). The store specialises in goods that ‘make travel easy’ and boasts of its ‘stylish sustainability’. As one commenter on the Instagram post put it: ‘Happy wives, happy lives!’ Another said: ‘Best duo eveeeeeeeeeer!’

Meghan, meanwhile, was seen enjoying a girls’ night out watching the final night of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour in Los Angeles, even though the megastar reportedly snubbed appearing on the royal’s podcast Archetypes, which ended after one season. 

The Duchess and thousands of other Swifties reportedly leapt out of her chair to sing along to ‘You Belong with Me’ after the singer told the crowd: ‘Let’s go back to high school’. The former actress was with her British friend Lucy Fraser, who featured prominently in the Sussexes’ tell-all Netflix series.

A smiling Prince Harry leaves Tokyo for Singapore today as his Asian tour continues

A smiling Prince Harry leaves Tokyo for Singapore today as his Asian tour continues

Harry and Nacho have been having fun in Japan and took part in a panel discussion staged by the International Sports Promotion Society

Harry and Nacho have been having fun in Japan and took part in a panel discussion staged by the International Sports Promotion Society

Harry and Nacho are playing polo in Singapore for charity

Harry and Nacho are playing polo in Singapore for charity

Harry's next job is a polo match in Singapore this Saturday to raise funds for young Aids-sufferers.

Harry's next job is a polo match in Singapore this Saturday to raise funds for young Aids-sufferers.

Harry’s next job is a polo match in Singapore this Saturday to raise funds for young Aids-sufferers.

Prince Harry and Nacho Figueras took time to do some shopping for their families in Tokyo today, as they were pictured posing in aviator sunglasses

Prince Harry and Nacho Figueras took time to do some shopping for their families in Tokyo today, as they were pictured posing in aviator sunglasses

In a post on Instagram Nacho Figueras wrote: 'Shopping for our wives. A big thank you to Tokyo for your generous hospitality and kindness towards us. And of course, for your continued support of Sentebale!'

In a post on Instagram Nacho Figueras wrote: ‘Shopping for our wives. A big thank you to Tokyo for your generous hospitality and kindness towards us. And of course, for your continued support of Sentebale!’

Meghan Markle is believed to have been in attendance at a Taylor Swift concert with her friend Lucy Fraser (pictured centre). Page Six claimed she was out of her chair and dancing

Meghan Markle is believed to have been in attendance at a Taylor Swift concert with her friend Lucy Fraser (pictured centre). Page Six claimed she was out of her chair and dancing

The Duchess of Sussex is believed to have been in the crowd for Taylor Swift’s concert in Los Angeles

Meghan was at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood while the Duke was speaking at events in Japan across the Pacific, reports Page Six.

And now he is heading to Singapore. 

Harry will play on the Royal Salute Sentebale Team at the Singapore Polo Club. 

Nacho, is friend and Sentebale ambassador, will captain the Singapore Polo Club Team. 

The Sentebale Polo Cup is returning to Singapore for the first time since 2017.

The event, held since 2010, has raised £11million ($14m) in that time.

The equestrian event will mark a return to familiar turf, as the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup (as it was known at the time) was held at the Singapore Polo Club in 2017.

The time apart comes just four days after the couple celebrated Meghan’s 42nd birthday and almost a week after they stepped out for dinner at Tre Lune in Montecito, not far from their California home.

 

 

 

The 38-year-old prince touched down in Japan on Tuesday, where he received a warm welcome and later told an audience he would ‘happily live here if you’d have me’. 

The Duke, who praised the ‘warmth, compassion and generosity’ of the Japanese people, made the comments during the summit organised by the International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS) on Wednesday.

Harry and Nacho spoke at the summit about their charity Sentebale, which helps children and young people affected by HIV and AIDS in southern Africa.

And this morning they seemed to have swapped work for play, as they went shopping for their families in Tokyo. 

The pair were seen posing in aviator sunglasses for a photo with the caption: ‘Shopping for our wives. A big thank you to Tokyo for your generous hospitality and kindness towards us. And of course, for your continued support of Sentebale!’

When he arrived at the summit in Tokyo Harry was greeted with rapturous applause after saying: ‘Well, firstly, hello everybody.’

The beaming 38-year-old son of King Charles III told the crowd: ‘I’ve been involved in many charities for most of my life and I get a huge amount of fulfilment giving back to as many people as possible. My life is charity, always has been, always will be.’

Taylor Swift performs at the SoFi Stadium in LA last night - watched by fans including the Duchess of Sussex

Taylor Swift performs at the SoFi Stadium in LA last night – watched by fans including the Duchess of Sussex

Stars packed out the crowd for the last show of her record breaking tour

Stars packed out the crowd for the last show of her record breaking tour

ISPS Handa's founder Haruhisa Handa and Prince Harry laugh while talking in Tokyo on Tuesday

ISPS Handa’s founder Haruhisa Handa and Prince Harry laugh while talking in Tokyo on Tuesday

Harry said he had enjoyed ‘the most incredible Kobe steak, both for dinner last night and lunch today’, adding: ‘Your warmth, your compassion, your generosity, every single element of the Japanese culture is really unique and very, very special.

‘I noticed it my first visit four years ago when I came for the Rugby World Cup. And I would happily live here if you’d have me. Thank you for your hospitality. I have really, really enjoyed being here in Japan again and I’m looking forward to my next visit.’

He also said that ‘the power of sport… brings people together and connects people, and, as you heard from my friend Steve (Royal Australian Navy Veteran and Invictus Games gold winner Steve James), really does have the ability to heal people as well.’

It comes after friends of the Sussexes blasted claims of marriage ‘tensions’ amid speculation about their Hollywood future and rumoured strains behind the scenes.

It comes amid signs that the Royal Family is looking to ‘distance’ itself from the Duke and Duchess, a royal expert has claimed.

Prince Harry talks with ISPS Handa's founder Haruhisa Handa (centre) next to ex-New Zealand rugby player Dan Carter (left) and Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras (right) in Tokyo on Tuesday

Prince Harry talks with ISPS Handa’s founder Haruhisa Handa (centre) next to ex-New Zealand rugby player Dan Carter (left) and Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras (right) in Tokyo on Tuesday

Biographies of the couple have been moved down the homepage so they now appear towards the bottom alongside the Duke of Kent and Prince Andrew.

Meanwhile, Harry’s styling as His Royal Highness has been quietly ditched from the site.

Under the terms of the 2020 Megxit agreement, the Palace said Harry and Meghan Markle could retain their HRH titles but would not be allowed to use them after stepping down as senior royals.

Even so, parts of the royal website have referred to Harry as HRH for the last three years, seemingly in error. After a series of updates made on Friday there are no longer any references to the Duke as HRH.

Royal author Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline: ‘There have been several changes on the royal website and the Sussexes now appear below the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alexandra.

‘This clearly shows that the royal family is distancing themselves from a couple whom they must, for obvious reasons, regard as unpredictable and unreliable.’

Biographies of the couple have been moved down the homepage so they now appear towards the bottom alongside the Duke of Kent and Prince Andrew

Biographies of the couple have been moved down the homepage so they now appear towards the bottom alongside the Duke of Kent and Prince Andrew

Before: The Duchess' career section, which referred to her as 'Her Royal Highness' and said she used The Tig 'as a platform to discuss social issues'

Before: The Duchess’ career section, which referred to her as ‘Her Royal Highness’ and said she used The Tig ‘as a platform to discuss social issues’

Meghan's career section afterwards, with details of The Tig shortened and mention of her move to Toronto, Canada during Suits removed, while referring to her as 'she' or 'Duchess'

Meghan’s career section afterwards, with details of The Tig shortened and mention of her move to Toronto, Canada during Suits removed, while referring to her as ‘she’ or ‘Duchess’ 

Although Meghan's HRH title was removed from her official biography three years ago after her Megxit departure to Los Angeles, it remains on some sections of the website, including on a quote from a speech made in 2019 (pictured from a screenshot on Wednesday)

Although Meghan’s HRH title was removed from her official biography three years ago after her Megxit departure to Los Angeles, it remains on some sections of the website, including on a quote from a speech made in 2019 (pictured from a screenshot on Wednesday)

Mr Fitzwilliams suggested the changes provided fresh evidence of the need for the Sussexes to prove they could make a success of themselves outside the Royal Family.

‘It was well known that Harry and Meghan were extremely bitter at being forced to step down as senior working members of the royal family and, although they kept their titles, being unable to use them and also losing their patronages,’ he said.

‘However their brand is currently inextricably linked to being royal. The challenge they face is to prove they are actually creative at doing something for themselves.’

Meghan Markle’s official royal biography stripped her of her HRH title three years ago. However, it remained on some sections of the royal website, including on a quote from a speech made in 2019.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said it had been periodically updating the website following the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II and out of date information had now been amended.

‘The Royal Family website contains over five thousand pages of information about the life and work of the Royal Family.

‘Following the death of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, content has been revisited and updated periodically. Some content may be out of date until this process is complete.’

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