Prince Harry downed shots with ‘older woman’ before he lost virginity to ‘lift the mood’


Prince Harry spoke in his memoir Spare about losing his virginity to an “older woman” when he was a teenager.

Prince Harry with Sasha Walpole in 2001

Prince Harry and Sasha Walpole pictured joking with friends in June 2001 (Image: GETTY)

In the book released worldwide on January 10, the royal briefly described his first time as an “inglorious episode” and a “quick ride”, but made no mention of whom he had shared it with.

Now Ms Walpole told her side of the story, filling in the gaps left by the Duke and even claiming Harry was actually 16 when he lost his virginity rather than 17 as he penned in the autobiography.

The now mum of two said she had previously met Harry when she worked as a stable girl at Highgrove, King Charles’s countryside retreat.

Prince Harry laughing while Sasha Walpole speaks

Sasha Walpole claims to be the woman who took Harry’s virginity in 2001 (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry wearing a polo shirt

Prince Harry pictured in the summer of 2001 (Image: GETTY)

The pair, who had enjoyed trips together to polo matches, were at a party at the Vine Tree Inn in Norton, Wiltshire, marking Ms Walpole’s 19th birthday in 2001.

Recalling how she felt after seeing her ex-boyfriend walking in the pub with a new girlfriend, Ms Walpole told The Sun on Sunday: “Harry was a friend and knew I was gutted and upset. So when the girlfriend rocked up, he knew how I was feeling.

“He didn’t give me a hug — instead he brought me shots. He brought me some shots to kind of say, ‘Come on, let’s lift the mood’.

“I didn’t see him go to the bar but he came up to me and said, ‘Happy birthday — let’s do some drinks’ not long after this girl got there.

Prince Harry joking with a friend while Sasha Walpole looks on

Prince Harry and Sasha Walpole met when she warked as a stable girl at Highgrove (Image: GETTY)

In a different interview with the Mail on Sunday, Ms Walpole claimed it was Harry who made the first move after they left the pub and crept into an adjacent field to have a cigarette.

She claimed: “It was passionate, intense. We both knew. It went from a kiss on to the floor pretty quickly.”

Ms Walpole, who was no longer working at Highgrove when Harry’s first time happened, said she and the Duke did not remain in touch after that night.

Nevertheless, she “didn’t mind” they did not ring each other, as they were not going out together, Ms Walpole added.

Harry briefly spoke about losing his virginity in Spare while recalling “Marko” visiting him at Eton College in late 2001 to “find out the truth”.

While Harry thought the man – whose name is Mark Dyer, his royal aide and mentor at the time – was referring to his first time, Marko actually wanted to know about his drug use, the royal wrote, after a newspaper had told the then-Prince of Wales’s office it had evidence the Duke had used some.

Spare read: “I suspected he was referring to my recent loss of virginity. Inglorious episode, with an older woman. She liked horses, quite a lot, and treated me not unlike a young stallion.

“Quick ride, after which she’d smacked my rump and sent me off to graze.

“Among the many things about it that were wrong: It happened in a grassy field behind a busy pub. Obviously, someone had seen us.”


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