Death of Ger­man prince who fell from horse ruled as an ac­ci­dent by coro­ner

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

A Ger­man prince killed af­ter fall­ing from his horse in the grounds of a Northamp­ton­shire palace has had his death ruled as an ac­ci­dent by the county coro­ner.

Ge­org Con­stantin Prinz von Sach­sen Weimar Eise­nach died af­ter fall­ing from his horse in a bri­dle­way at Apethorpe Palace, near Oun­dle, on Satur­day, June 9 last year. But the in­quest could not es­tab­lish how he had fallen from his horse or how the fa­tal in­juries had been in­flicted.

The mar­ried prince (41) was out for an even­ing ride with his friend Jean Christophe Iseux, Baron von Pfet­ten, who owns the stately home. He had ar­rived at the venue ear­lier in the day from Ger­many to spend time with the baron, who was de­scribed as ‘al­most a brother’ to the prince.

Baron von Pfet­ten broke into tears while giv­ing ev­i­dence to coro­ner Anne Pem­ber at County Hall in Northamp­ton on Wed­nes­day (Jan­uary 9). He said he heard “no scream­ing” when he turned back to see the horse gal­lop­ing back from where they had come, with the prince ly­ing on the ground. He had been wear­ing a hel­met.

He de­scribed Ge­org Con­stantin as a “very good rider” who had been rid­ing with the horse dur­ing vis­its for the last three years. The baron rode to a nearby build­ing on the es­tate to alert staff mem­bers to call the emer­gency ser­vices be­fore re­turn­ing to the scene.

De­spite him ad­min­is­ter­ing chest com­pres­sions there was no sign of re­ac­tion. Paramedics ar­rived af­ter be­ing called at 8.30pm but de­clared the prince dead at 9.24pm.

“I thought I hadn’t done enough,” said the baron, be­fore break­ing down. He was told that there was “noth­ing that could have been done” in a re­port from the pathol­o­gist.

The court heard how the prince was well known back in Ger­many, but had en­joyed life in Eng­land with vir­tu­ally no me­dia in­tru­sion.

Prince Ge­org Con­stantin

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.