27-year-old , second in line to throne, Prince William showed up at a polo match recently on a black Ducati 1198 at Cowarth Park club in Ascot, Berkshire. It wasn’t until Prince removed his crash helmet that many onlookers realised the mystery man was in fact Prince William.
The 27-year-old royal looked more like stig from BBC’s Top Gear than future king as he arrived on his powerful £15,000 Ducati 1198s, 180mph motorbike to play with his younger brother Prince Harry in a Westbury Shield charity polo match to raise funds for The Tusk Trust, an elephant conservation charity, and Sentebale, Harry’s charity for African Aids orphans.
The Prince William has been riding off-road since the age of eight and last year took part in a motorcycle rally with Prince Harry across South Africa for charity. He often takes his £15,000 bike out for a spin at weekends, mainly around his father’s Highgrove estate and the country roads of Gloucestershire.
“I don’t know what it is about bikes, but I’ve always had a passion for motorbikes ever since I was very small. I used to do a lot of go-karting when I was younger and then after that I went on to quadbikes and eventually motorbikes,” he once said.
“It does help being anonymous with my motorcycle helmet on because it does enable me to relax,” he continued. “But I just enjoy everything about motorbikes and the camaraderie that comes with it.”