Man charged with robbing Prince Harry's friend in London

Prince Harry
Image caption Prince Harry first met his friend at prep school

A man has appeared in court charged with robbing a friend of Prince Harry.

The prince drove to help Thomas van Straubenzee after the incident in Battersea, south-west London, in November.

It is thought he was speaking to the prince at the time of the alleged theft.

Winful Taylor, 27, of Streatham, south London, appeared at South Western Magistrates' Court and the case was adjourned until 14 March.

His next appearance will be at Kingston Crown Court.

At the time of the incident, a Clarence House spokesman said: "Prince Harry joined a friend at a police station in south London after his friend had reported a robbery.

School friends

"By the time Prince Harry arrived to be with his friend, the police investigation into the incident had already begun."

Mr van Straubenzee, who is also close friends with Prince William, first met Harry at Ludgrove Prep School.

He accompanied the Prince on his first official tour to New Zealand.

Princes William and Harry are patrons of a memorial fund dedicated to Mr van Straubenzee's brother, Henry, who died in a car crash in 2002.

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