Prince Harry comes to a Friend’s rescue following a Mugging 


Prince Harry became embroiled in a real life crime drama when he friend Tom Van Straubenzee became the victim of a mugging. The Prince was on the phone to his friend Tom when he heard the drama unfold on the other end of the line.


After hearing the mugging happening Harry drove straight to the scene fearing 28-year-old Mr van Straubenzee had been hurt, the Prince circled the streets of Battersea, South-West London, looking for him.


When he could not find his friend, he  drove to the nearest police station where he found Mr van Straubenzee reporting the crime. Because he had overheard the mugging taking place, Prince Harry was required to give a police statement, which is now part of an ongoing investigation.


Police have now arrested a man in connection with the robbery and recovered the stolen mobile phone. The man was released on bail.

It is believed to be the first time a senior Royal has walked into a police station to report a crime. A police source said: ‘Prince Harry came into the station to give a statement. It was a separate statement from the one given by his friend who was mugged. A mobile phone was taken during the robbery. This allegation was taken seriously,  as are all allegations of robbery. A man was arrested on Thursday, December 1 on  suspicion of robbery and bailed to return in January pending further inquiries. Police from Wandsworth are investigating.’


An aide told The Mail on Sunday how Harry, who is believed to have been at Clarence House, his London residence, leapt into action after their conversation came to an abrupt end. ‘Prince Harry was aware of what had happened to his friend and drove to the area immediately to try to find him,’ the aide said.


‘He circled the streets for a while in his car before following intuition and finding his friend at a local police station in Battersea Bridge Road. The Prince wanted to be there to offer some comfort and friendly support. Prince Harry made his way to the station and by the time he arrived the police had already enacted a number of operational procedures, which involved very swift action and the kind of scenes you see on The Bill. Both the Prince and his friend were very grateful to the police for how they handled it.’


The Prince and Mr van Straubenzee are childhood friends and attended Ludgrove school in Berkshire and Eton together. Mr van Straubenzee is also a close friend of Prince William and was one of his ushers at his wedding. Nicknamed ‘Van’ by his friends, the 28-year-old accompanied Prince William on his first official tour  to New Zealand in 2005 and is a  regular guest at William and Kate’s Anglesey home.


Both Princes are also close to Tom’s parents, Alex and Claire van Straubenzee, who live at their family’s estate in Grantham, Lincolnshire, and are patrons of a memorial fund dedicated to Tom’s brother Henry, who was killed in a car crash in 2002.


The investigation is ongoing


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Prince Harry voted Sexiest Man of 2011


Entertainmentwise recently asked their readers to vote who was the sexiest of 2011 and Prince Harry came out on top.


He took the coveted top spot with nearly 55% of the votes, coming in at a close second was Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds.


Flying the flag for the British men were Tinie Tempah, who came in third place, former The Only Way Is Essex’s Mark Wright (fourth), The Wanted’s Max George (fifth) and X Factor USA presenter Steve Jones, who took sixth place.


Finishing off the top ten was Ryan Gosling, Glee’s Mark Salling, Chris Hemsworth and Taylor Lautner.


Surprisingly, Taylor’s Twilight Saga co-star Robert Pattinson didn’t make the top ten. Neither did Brad Pitt, George Clooney or Justin Bieber!


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Posted by mousiekins
Dated: 20th December 2011
Filled Under: Gossip, Roundup, Royalty