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Prince William Injured By Golf Club

June 4, 1991

LONDON (AP) _ Prince William, the 8-year-old who is second in line to the British throne, underwent surgery for a skull fracture after being hit by a golf club while playing with schoolmates.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said William spent a comfortable night at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital following Monday’s 70-minute operation.

Prince Harry, 6, was William’s first visitor at the hospital early today, spending 15 minutes with his brother before going to school. William was ″chatting away,″ said the palace spokesman, who was not named in keeping with British practice.

William’s mother, Princess Diana, spent the night near her son in a private room at the hospital. She and the surgeons were happy with the prince’s progress, Buckingham Palace said.

Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, went to his son after he was injured. He left the hospital to go to the opera but kept in touch with doctors, the palace reported.

The palace spokesman said William would suffer no permanent damage from the injury, caused when a playmate accidentally hit him in the forehead with a golf club at school.

The palace said the prince was injured during his lunch break at Ludgrove school in Wokingham, west of London. William was with friends on the school putting green when he was hurt, the spokesman 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.

After the accident, members of the Royalty Protection squad drove the prince to the Royal Berkshire Hospital. He was later transferred to the London hospital.

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