Prince William has a plastic surgeon reserved for his upcoming visit to Southern California — but, no, he’s not getting any work done.
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Toby Mayer will be on standby at the charity polo match Prince William will participate in Saturday afternoon at the Santa Barbara Polo Club. Mayer’s job? making sure that if the Duke gets hurt he’s quickly taken care of.
Mayer, a polo player himself, said he was pleased that Buckingham Palace had asked him to help. “I’m very happy,” he said.
“But I’ve been doing this for 30-some years, so I’ve sewn up the great and the near-great.” should an injury happen, Mayer said, it would most likely be a laceration — a stray ball or mallet can often swipe a player in the face.
[Updated at 11:12 a.m. July 6: Officials for the event said Mayer will not serve as a medical lookout for Prince William. Mayer said he was asked by the polo club, of which he is a member, to serve in that capacity. But organizers of the event said it is their job to coordinate such care and they did not ask Mayer for help. “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. it is not a polo club event,” said Geannie Sheller, president of the Polo Training Center Santa Barbara.]
Though broken bones and concussions are par for the course at polo matches, Mayer said he doesn’t anticipate this happening at a charity event with royalty present.