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Thursday, 28 February, 2002, 15:55 GMT
Drugs inquiry clears Prince Harry
Prince Harry
Harry admitted smoking cannabis and drinking heavily
Prince Harry will not be charged over allegations of cannabis smoking and underage drinking at a pub near his father's Highgrove estate, Wiltshire police have confirmed.

Inquiries into allegations of late-night drinking and drug dealing at the Rattlebone Inn, in Sherston, Wiltshire are now closed.

Prince Charles ordered his younger son to attend a drug rehabilitation clinic after he admitted smoking cannabis and taking part in heavy under-age drinking sessions.

A police spokesman said: "We now consider the matter closed and there is no further investigation to take place.

"None of the inquiries made revealed any involvement whatsoever by Prince Harry or any other members of his family."

Parties

A local man, John Holland, was fined 1,200 after pleading guilty to supplying cannabis and offering to supply cannabis, following the investigation.

Rattlebone Inn
Rattlebone Inn: Scene of Harry's underage drinking
Magistrates heard how Holland was persistently asked for drugs by a Sunday newspaper journalist, and finally supplied him with a bag of herbal cannabis in the pub's toilets.

Wiltshire police said no further action against the licensee of the pub - which has since changed hands - or the brewery is proposed.

It was claimed the prince drank at the pub while underage and smoked a joint at a late-night party he held at Highgrove.

The drug-taking and drinking are understood to have happened during a two-month period last summer, when Prince Harry was 16 and Prince Charles and Prince William were both away from Highgrove.

'Sensitive handling'


We want to stop young people getting involved with drugs and alcohol

Superintendent Mandy Evely
Prince Charles won praise for his sensitive handling of Harry's admissions.

He sent his son to a south London rehabilitation clinic for a day so he could talk to recovering addicts and see the dangers of drug use.

Following the allegations against Harry, police refused to rule out the possibility of action against him

Superintendent Mandy Evely, said he would be treated "exactly the same way" as any other young person.

She said: "We want to stop young people getting involved with drugs and alcohol."


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