Prince Harry of England is rugged, athletic and fit, but he’s wasting his talent in the British military. The 6’2″ Harry would make a fine professional polo player who would be a highly sought-after recruit, says the No. 2 polo player in the world.
“Harry is very good,” says Argentine Gonzalito Pieres, currently the No. 2 ranked polo player in the world. “It is a waste to see him just play exhibition charity matches.”
Speaking to reporters June 24, 2011 at the Rolex polo lunch in Berkshire, England, Pieres said many pro squads would love to recruit Harry.
“There would be many professional teams that would take him,” said Pieres, 28. “He would be a valuable player.”
However, Gonzalito wasn’t so certain about Prince William’s prospects. “William is an OK player, but he is a little slow and too cautious to make it as a professional,” Pieres noted.
William, 29, is set to kick off his North American tour June 30, when he and wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visit several cities in Canada.
On July 9, William will play in a charity polo match in Santa Barbara, Calif., where celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis will prepare a healthy, delicious Italian menu of pea pesto crostini, California chopped salad and chicken Milanese.
Harry, meanwhile, is currently undergoing advanced Apache helicopter training after having been promoted to captain in the British Army.
Harry, who completed the first stage of his Apache helicopter training, is now qualified to fly the Apache attack helicopter without an instructor and will soon learn to operate its weapons system.
The Apache is a highly maneuverable, heavily armed battlefield helicopter that is the U.S. Army’s primary attack helicopter. Only 3% of army pilots qualify to fly them.
Prince Harry, who has been an army officer since 2006, began the Apache attack helicopter training in July 2010.
The eight-month program involved academic coursework, as well as hours of simulated flight training, night flying and a two-week mountain flying exercise in the French Alps.
Harry, who spent 10 weeks in Afghanistan in 2007-2008, has said he wants to be redeployed so his expensive military training isn’t wasted.
“You become a very expensive asset, the training’s very expensive and they wouldn’t have me doing what I’m doing — I’d just be taking up a spare place for somebody else — if they didn’t have me going out on the job,” he said.
Meanwhile, Harry brushed off rumors that he’s dating Pippa Middleton, 27. “Pippa? Ha! No, I am not seeing anyone at the moment,” he says. “I’m 100% single. I’m working a lot at the moment, so dating and watching TV are the last things I have time for.”
“I am hoping to get a holiday [to South Africa] in August. I haven’t been to South Africa in a long time, so maybe I’ll go there.”