Harry adds sparkle to charity auction

2013-03-03 10:00

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His R250 000 bid on a pair of diamond earrings begs the question: Was Prince Harry trying to start a bidding war, or was the young royal hoping to buy a glittering gift for his on-off girlfriend, Cressida Bonas?

The third in line to the British throne was in Johannesburg this week to attend a gala dinner for his Lesotho charity, Sentebale.

The platinum-and-white diamond earrings were especially designed for the charity auction on Wednesday night.

When the bidding approached R250 000, the prince raised his hand, but the earrings were eventually sold for R275 000 to South American polo champion Nacho Figueras.

Figueras, who sat at a table with Prince Harry, later quipped that he would wear the earrings when he appeared at the first major polo event of the season in England in May.

Prince Harry also bid R5 000 on a rugby jersey signed by the captains of all the teams that have ever won a Rugby World Cup event.

The former governor of the Reserve Bank, Tito Mboweni, put in a bid of R200 000 for the jersey before it went for just R1 more to another bidder.

More than R1 million was raised at the function for a centre in Lesotho to support children with HIV/Aids.

It will be the first permanent centre for Sentebale, an organisation that Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho established six years ago in honour of their late mothers, Princess Diana and Queen Mamohato Bereng Seeiso.

“I hope our mothers are proud of us,” said Prince Harry at the gala dinner.

“Maybe, just maybe, they have finished somewhere up there with the building plans and sketches.”

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