Prince William replaces ponies with a huge painting… and gives a copy of the artwork to Harry

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TALK OF THE TOWN: Prince William replaces his polo ponies with a huge painting made by a friend that now hangs in his house… and gives a copy of the artwork to his brother Harry

After deciding to give up his polo ponies, I can report that Prince William has replaced them with a huge painting of a friend that now hangs in his house.

And intriguingly, Wills gave a copy of the painting to his brother Prince Harry, who has traded polo for yoga.

Artist Madeleine de St Pierre Bunbury, 25, tells me: ‘Prince William himself commissioned me. He stopped playing polo and got rid of his ponies, so he asked me to paint them all together.

“He gave a copy to his groom and his brother. I know him as we met on Mustique and our parents are friends. It took a month to complete the project as there were 12 ponies. I’d rather not say how much it cost, but I made a deal with him,’ added Madeleine, who, as my photo shows, must be the only artist who paints standing on a horse!

Artist Madeleine de St Pierre Bunbury, 25, painting seen standing on horseback

Prince William pictured in May this year

Prince William pictured in May this year

Artist Madeleine de St Pierre Bunbury, 25, painting seen riding a horse (left) and Prince William pictured in May this year (right)

My lips are sealed, but…

Which rich hotelier, who is already a father, has his arm twisted by his famous new girlfriend who is desperate for a baby?

He’s still reeling from a painful divorce that has left him seeing less of his existing children than he’d like, but his girlfriend has insisted, “Give me a baby or it’s over.”

Finally he gave in – after all she is famous, blond and beautiful…

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