Sad news for the Princes of Wales to pass along today … during a polo match that both Prince William and Prince Harry participated in yesterday, their favorite polo pony Drizzle suffered a deadly heart attack right in the middle of competition. Prince Harry was riding Drizzle when he felt that something was wrong with the horse … after Drizzle was walked off the field for a check-up, she very sadly suffered a heart attack and died. Here are a few photos of the princes at yesterday and the sad deets of what went down:
Princes William and Harry were ‘very upset’ after their favourite polo pony collapsed and died of a heart attack during a match. Harry had just played a chukka in the second half of the charity match at Coworth Park in Berkshire when he realised that his ten-year old pony, Drizzle, was struggling. He noticed that the brown mare was not running comfortably and decided to take her out of the match. ‘Harry instinctively realised that something was wrong with Drizzle,’ a senior Palace aide told The Mail on Sunday. ‘He decided to ride her to the side of the pitch and she was then walked off. Sadly within minutes she suffered a heart attack and died.
‘William and Harry are very, very upset – Harry was in tears.’ Fortunately spectators were spared the distress of watching the incident. ‘It was very lucky that Harry rode her off because we were spared the gruesome spectacle of watching the pony die,’ a guest told The Mail on Sunday. ‘Harry and William were shaken. Harry had a cigarette at the end of the game and said he did not want to stay for the lunch because he was so upset. He kept saying he couldn’t believe what had happened. Everyone was telling him not to blame himself. Unfortunately these things happen.’ The pony was kept at stables close to the Prince of Wales’s Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire, and had always been kept by the Royal Family. Prince Charles used to ride Drizzle until he gave up playing polo competitively in 2005, and aides said he would be informed of the death. ‘Drizzle is very special to the boys and Prince Charles,’ said the source. ‘The Prince hasn’t been told yet but he will be informed. Drizzle was part of the pool of Royal ponies and all the Princes were very fond of her. It was not the end to the day they had hoped for. It’s been rather distressing.’ Despite the death, the Princes – who were playing for The Prince William Team against The Audi Team – won 5-4.
What a horribly tragic incident. Just Friday we got to see photos of Harry looking so happy at the UK ceremony where he was presented with his military pilot’s wings. To suffer such a loss in this way is just heartbreaking. Fortunately, there are a couple of other photos of Prince Harry at yesterday’s event that are far from tragic — in fact, they are quite hawt. After the jump, check ‘em out …
Before the match got underway (and before he got fully dressed), Prince Harry did a bit of stretching to warm up before yesterday’s polo match:
Oh yeah … stretch it out, Harry. It’s very sad that the Royal family had to lose such a beloved animal but here’s hoping that these photos of Harry gettin’ all loosed up for yesterday’s match will help quell some of the sadness YOU may be feeling.