It appears that Prince Harry might have his eyes set on an Olympic athlete. Prince Harry of Wales was reportedly caught flirting with British field hockey player Susannah Townsend on Tuesday.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip hosted an event to celebrate Great Britain’s paralympic athletes, and Townsend was one of many Olympians in attendance at Buckingham Palace. But none appeared to catch the eye of Harry like Townsend, and the two even had a light-hearted conversation about the athlete’s sex life.
Townsend, 27, was using crutches because she recently underwent surgery to repair a knee injury that she played through during the Rio Olympics. When discussing how long Townsend would be off the field for, Harry misunderstood the athlete, which prompted him to make a flirtatious joke.
“They were discussing her recovery time of six to nine months, but Harry widened his eyes and said he thought she said 69!” an eyewitness told Us Weekly. “They began joking about that particular sex position being how her injury came about. They both had a cheeky glint in their eyes.”
The two seemed to hit it off, and Townsend joked that she was only wearing crutches to get the prince’s attention.
“Harry obviously liked Susannah’s naughty personality,” a source told Us Weekly. “He spent a lot more time chatting with Susannah than the other girls and was overheard promising to go and watch her play with the team in the 2018 Hockey World Cup.”
While Us Weekly reports that Townsend is believed to be single, the perceived flirtation between herself and Harry was likely nothing more than some harmless banter. Not only is Townsend openly gay, but it appears that she’s still dating her longtime girlfriend. Townsend’s relationship with South African field hockey player Dirkie Chamberlain became public a few years ago, and recent interactions between the two on social media suggest that they are still an item.
— Lesley Townsend (@lesleytownsend1) October 4, 2016
Townsend helped Great Britain’s field hockey team capture the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Games, defeating the Netherlands in the final match. The nation ranked second with 27 gold medals in Rio, and third with 67 total medals.