Saturday is almost here – the day when William and Kate will be gracing Santa Barbara with their royal presence. They’ll be just down the road from me at the SB Polo Club, where Will is going to swing a mallet atop a horse and Kate is going to… look pretty?
Security for the visit is apparently being overseen not by our crack sheriff’s department but by the state department. Still, I wonder if there’s any way to crash the party. According to the LA Times, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon has been trying.
Dr. Toby Mayer, a member of the Santa Barbara Polo and Raquet Club, said he planned to be “on standby” at the event in case William needed medical help during his match. But organizers of Saturday’s charity polo event insisted Wednesday that Mayer had not been asked to attend the match.
“Toby Mayer is not associated with the event. That is an absolute fact. Dr. Mayer is a member of the Santa Barbara Polo Club, but this is a private charity event,” said Geannie Sheller, president of the Polo Training Center Santa Barbara. “It is not a polo club event.”
William and his wife, Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Friday, and will stay in Southern California until Sunday evening.
Mayer said he had told polo club officials last week that he would be available Saturday if needed, and said the polo club had submitted his name last week to organizers. Mayer, who has given several interviews on the issue in recent days, said he was surprised that he won’t be providing “standby” medical assitance for the prince.
“But he can sure buy a ticket if he’d like,” Sheller said.
Added Lauren Kay, spokeswoman for the Foundation Polo Challenge, which is hosting the event: “I don’t know if he’s bought a ticket, but I can assure you that he won’t be there to treat the duke or any player.”
I’m not doing anything special on Saturday. How hard would it be for me to show up in appropriate attire and shake a few hands?