Wednesday night (December 14th) at around 8:30, Prince Harry was on the phone with friend Thomas van Straubenzee, who was then mugged on a road in Battersea, Southwest London. Harry had heard the scuffle and immediately went to the area with his protection officers to find van Straubenzee.
When they couldn’t locate the spare’s friend, Harry and the officers headed to the nearest police station van Straubenzee was filling out a police report.
According to the Daily Mail, because he had heard the incident over the phone, Prince Harry was required to give a police statement. The Mail reports that this may have been the first time a senior royal has gone into a police station to report a crime.
An aid to the Mail, “Prince Harry was aware of what had happened to his friend and drove to the area immediately to try to find him. 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.”
Harry and van Straubenzee have been friends since they attended Ludgrove and Eton together. Van Straubenzee is also very close with Prince William and accompanied him on a tour of New Zealand in 2005. Clarence House would not comment on the incident.