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Prince Charles’ Son Is Hit With Golf Club

June 4, 1991 GMT

LONDON (AP) _ A schoolmate swinging a golf club Monday fractured the skull of Prince William, the 8-year-old son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Buckingham Palace said.

The palace said the injury was accidental and not life-threatening but required a 70-minute operation to correct a depressed fracture on the boy’s forehead, said a palace spokesman, who commented on condition of anonymity.

William, second in line to the British throne, was expected to remain in the hospital for ″a few days,″ the spokesman said. He said the injury wasn’t expected to cause any permament damage.

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Princess Diana canceled a visit to Yorkshire planned for Tuesday, and stayed with him at London’s Great Ormond Street hospital for children.

Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, left his son’s bedside to attend a performance of the opera ″Tosca″ at Covent Garden. He was in close touch with doctors, the palace spokesman said.

The spokesman said William was hit on the head with a golf club during his lunch break at the Ludgrove school in Wokingham, just west of London.

William was with friends on the school putting green when he was hurt, the spokesman said. Play was supervised, he said.

A spokeswoman at the school said: ″No one was being nasty or unkind to Prince William. He is a very much liked boy here at the school.″ The prince started at the boarding school in September.

William has a reputation for being boisterious, and has proved to be competitive at school sports days.

After the accident, members of the Royalty Protection squad drove him six miles to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, where William ″was chirpy and chatting away,″ the spokesman said.

Both of William’s parents arrived there shortly after their son, a palace spokesman said.

William was later transferred by ambulance with police escorts to the London hospital. His mother rode with him.