In a star-studded evening that saw Hollywood's elite come together for a noble cause, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance at Kevin Costner's charity event, One805 Live!, held at his sprawling $26 million polo field in Santa Barbara. The event, aimed at raising funds for first responders, was a testament to the couple's commitment to charitable causes and their increasing integration into the Hollywood circuit.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not the only high-profile attendees. The event saw a gathering of Hollywood VIPs, including talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres. The fundraiser, hosted at Costner's oceanside estate in Summerland, was an exclusive affair with "last chance" tables going for a staggering $12,000. The ambiance was set against the backdrop of Costner's 10.25-acre plot, located a stone's throw away from his primary residence, a $145 million compound that recently made headlines due to his divorce battle.
Dressed to impress, Harry was seen in an all-black ensemble, while Meghan exuded elegance in a monochrome jacket, her hair styled in a sleek pulled-back look. The couple, fresh from their appearance at the Invictus Games in Germany, were spotted backstage engaging in conversations with Costner, senior police officials, and firefighting service dignitaries. Their presence added a touch of royal flair to the event, further elevating its status in the social calendar.
Costner, addressing the attendees, remarked on the value of his estate, stating that on days like the fundraiser, it's "worth every penny." He emphasized the importance of celebrating the unsung heroes, the first responders, who are often the first to rush in during emergencies. The actor's heartfelt words resonated with the audience, highlighting the significance of the cause.
The evening was not just about fundraising. It was also an opportunity for attendees to interact, share experiences, and create memories. Meghan and Harry were introduced as special guests, with Meghan presenting Costner with an honorary award. The couple also mingled with other guests, with Meghan's radiant smile captured in numerous photographs. At one point, the duo was approached by pop singer Katy Perry's parents for a memorable selfie.
TV megastar Oprah Winfrey also graced the stage, delivering a speech in support of the charity. The event culminated with the couple showcasing their dance moves and engaging in lively conversations with other attendees.
The fundraiser was headlined by the popular band Maroon 5. General admission tickets were priced at $350, with tables fetching up to $12,000. The event's success was a testament to the collective efforts of all involved, from the organizers to the attendees, all coming together for a noble cause.
In the backdrop of the event was Costner's recent divorce from his second wife, Christine Baumgartner, after 18 years of marriage. Despite personal challenges, Costner's commitment to philanthropy remained unwavering, as evidenced by the success of the One805 Live! event.