When Kurt Busch & Ashley Van Metre Hung Out With Prince Harry & Meghan Markle in a $1 Million Affair

Published 05/22/2022, 12:55 PM EDT

Had it not been the reality, there’s no way on earth that you’d have imagined Kurt Busch and Prince Harry in the same event. Anyway, this was when the 23XI Racing driver and his wife, who he recently announced to be splitting from, went to England.

Busch and Ashley van Metre, who is a professional polo player, flew to England to take part in a charity event. Metre was on the same team as the Royalty. the Sentebale St. Regis team in the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Windsor.

The fundraiser was aimed at helping young people who are unfortunately affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana. And at the end of the day, they were able to raise a whopping $1 million.


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After the event, Busch expressed how proud he was of his wife and called watching her play with Prince Harry, as one of the best moments of his life.

“Watching my wife play polo with the Duke of Sussex, Nacho Figueras, and Miguel Mendoza at The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in England, and to come away victorious, was a top 5 moment in life,” he tweeted.

“So proud of you sweetheart.” 

Kurt Busch winning in Kansas with the #45 changed a lot for the Petty family

On May 12, 2000, Adam Petty, the grandson of legendary NASCAR driver Richard Petty, passed away in a crash aged only 19 in a #45 car. The #45 was then subsequently “protected” by NASCAR for what it meant to the Petty family.

However, when Kurt Busch moved to 23XI Racing, he took the #45 after being permitted by the family.

And three days after May 12 this year, he won his first race of the season, driving the #45 in Kansas.


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May 15, 2022; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (45) celebrates on victory lane after winning the AdventHealth 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

“The darkest day for me has always been May 12,” Kyle Petty said. “I get to a dark place a few days before that and stay in a dark place for a few days after that. It’s just a dark day.”

“To have Kurt and that number in Victory Lane three days later … it’s a week of positive things. It’s a not a week of negative things,” he continued.


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“It’s a week of light. It’s not a week of darkness.”

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.