Woman Harry ‘lost virginity to’ said he could have warned her before writing about it


Prince Harry mentioned losing his virginity to an “older woman” in his memoir Spare, published in 16 languages on January 10.

Sasha Walpole looking at Prince Harry

Prince Harry spoke about losing his virginity in Spare (Image: GETTY)

However, a friend of the Duke of Sussex told the Telegraph Harry had not included “any identifiable details” about his first lover in the book.

But in two interviews with The Sun on Sunday and the Mail on Sunday, Ms Walpole said Harry still exposed her to the risk of being recognised.

She said: “It is his story, and he’s entitled to write what he wants. He didn’t name me but people who were there that night, or simply part of that social circle, would be able to work out it was me.

Prince Harry smiling while speaking with three girls in 2001

Prince Harry with Sasha Walpole and other friends in 2001 (Image: GETTY)

“Possibly, Harry could have thought about that before publishing. He could have found me if he had tried.”

Following news Harry had mentioned the loss of his virginity in his book, Ms Walpole also said her phone had started pinging with messages and jokes from people who know her, which led her to fear she would soon be exposed.

Arguing Harry didn’t need to provide details in the book about his first time, Ms Walpole also said: “But he described how it happened – in a field behind a pub.

“That’s fine if you’re not the other person involved. But if you’re me, then you suddenly feel as if your world is getting a little bit smaller.”

Harry’s confession, Ms Walpole added, also forced her to have an awkward conversation with her father as she wanted the approval of her family before contacting the press.

Prince Harry playing with a friend while Sasha Walpole looks on

Prince Harry said in Spare he lost his virginity to an ‘older woman’ (Image: GETTY)

She recalled: “So I rang dad. I was on the way to Morrisons to do the grocery shopping.

“At first we were talking about a job and then I said, ‘I just don’t know what to do about speaking out’. He didn’t react. Normally dad would give his advice. I was thinking, ‘I am sure he knows’.

“The next day I spoke to mum and said, ‘Does dad know?’. She said, ‘I think so’.

“She spoke to him and he was like, ‘I did not know’. He explained that he probably wasn’t listening because he didn’t want to know.”

Copies of the book Spare

Prince Harry’s book was released on January 10 (Image: GETTY)

Prince Harry described his first time in Spare as an “inglorious episode” and a “quick ride” as he recalled “Marko” visiting him at Eton College in late 2001 to “find out the truth”.

The Duke assumed the man – who was his royal aide and mentor at the time and whose name is Mark Dyer – had been told Harry was seen losing his virginity a few months prior, given it had happened “in a grassy field behind a busy pub”.

While the aide was instead investigating Harry’s drug use, the Duke said of his first time: “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”.

Prince Harry in a grey suit

Prince Harry did not name in his book who he lost his verginity to (Image: GETTY)

The Duke, she claimed, had bought for her several shots to lift her mood after she saw her ex-boyfriend arriving at the venue with a new girlfriend.

Harry had met Ms Walpole, who is two years older than the Duke, when she was working as a stable girl at Highgrove.

They socialised with other teenage friends at polo matches and in local pubs.


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