A woman was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing following her arrest Wednesday for attempting to gain access to Prince Harry’s charity polo match at Greenwich Polo Club in Connecticut, Greenwich police told local newspapers.
Reports say Wen Qi, who is on a watch list for potential trespassers, is being held on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on May 22 at Connecticut Superior Court in Stamford.
The Connecticut Post reports that the 36-year-old from Toronto was arrested after being found trespassing on private property near Conyers Farms, a gated enclave where Greenwich Polo Club is located.
The polo club was the venue for Wednesday’s invitation-only Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup, where 400 people saw Prince Harry lead his team to a 4-3 polo victory, the finale for his week-long diplomatic and charitable U.S. tour. The event raised over 1 million USD for Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale.
According to the Greenwich Patch, Greenwich Police spokesman Lt. Kraig Gray described Qi as “a person who wanted to see Prince Harry…There are some people who have an unhealthy attraction to him.”
The report states that Qi was warned by Greenwich police officers working security that she was not allowed on the property after being found walking near the polo grounds. She left the area but was once again seen later by a fence.
Gray also said that an international security agency told police to watch for Qi but he would not elaborate on why she was on the watch list, the report says.
Security around the Prince was tight as he toured 5 U.S. states and the District of Columbia last week.
According to the Connecticut Post, security was very protective that a Greenwich town official was unable to deliver a gift to the prince in person. First Selectman Peter Tesei, who brought a Greenwich flag for Harry, instead had to give the flag to an assistant of Peter Brant, the Greenwich Polo Club owner.
Before the start of Prince Harry’s tour, the Associated Press reported that Mantoloking Mayor George Nebel told town residents during a council meeting that they probably will not be able to get near the prince during his visit to the Jersey Shore town due to tight security. The mayor also said that security was being handled by the U.S. Department of State.
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