Prince Harry’s horse dies at Polo match

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Princes William and Harry were devasted when their favourite polo pony collapsed and died of a heart attack during a match.

Harry was into the second half of  a Polo charity match 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.  Regretably,   within a few minutes she suffered a heart attack and died.

‘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.

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