Sasha Walpole – the woman who Prince Harry helped reveal took his virginity in a field behind a pub and slapped his bottom like a ‘stallion’ afterwards – is back at the day job today.
The mother-of-two, now 40, had said all she wanted was to ‘hide back under my rock’ and do her job after it emerged that she was the first person the Duke of Sussex ever had sex with.
And today she was doing just that, expertly driving a digger and a dumper truck on a building site in Wiltshire while her royal former lover luxuriates in a $14.6million California mansion with his ex-actress wife and their two children more than 5,300 miles away.
Wearing a black top with the hood up, Ms Walpole moved rubble and earth around with heavy machinery on a cold winter’s morning in the South-West of England.
Sasha Walpole, the woman who took Prince Harry’s virginity in a field behind a pub, is back at work today driving her digger
The mother-of-two drove a digger and a dumper truck on a building site in Wiltshire
Sasha said she was forced to speak out, claiming that Harry has effectively outed her
Sasha was thrust into the spotlight after Harry (pictured together in 2001) decided to recount losing his virginity to her in his book that gave huge hints about who she was. They are together here the same year they became intimate following a night out at a pub
Sasha was thrust into the global spotlight by Harry who wrote in his memoir how he lost his virginity in a field behind a busy pub with a lady with a love of horses who treated him like a ‘young stallion’.
She kept her romp with him secret for nearly 22 years – until he spoke about it in his book, sparking an international guessing game about the identity of the mystery ‘older woman’.
His decision to include the most intimate details of his love life left her and other women involved shocked and saddened.
Harry wrote how a horse-loving ‘older woman’ treated him ‘not unlike a young stallion’ and ‘smacked my rump and sent me off to graze’ after a ‘quick ride’. Harry was 16 at the time and Mrs Walpole was celebrating her 19th birthday.
His graphic description of the ‘inglorious episode’ provoked international intrigue over the mystery lover’s identity which saw a number of women rule themselves out.
Former Highgrove groom Mrs Walpole knew that it was only a matter of time until her name leaked and so decided to tell her story to The Mail on Sunday.
She had only told her mother and sister about the liaison in July 2001. But her father had remained oblivious for 21 years – until the publication of Spare sparked a global guessing game and forced her to tell him.
‘It is something your parents probably should never read,’ said Mrs Walpole, a mother-of-two and expert digger driver.
‘The day after I had sex with Harry I was in the kitchen at home and told my mum, but I didn’t give details. I think she was just like, ‘OK’. She trusted me, she knew I was on the Pill.
‘I thought we told Dad too but now I realise he hadn’t listened because he didn’t want to hear about what his teenage daughter was doing.’
The family never spoke about the encounter again until Harry published his infamous description last month.
Shortly after Spare came out, Mrs Walpole phoned her father to get his opinion on giving her version of events to the Press.
‘I was on the way to Morrisons to do the grocery shopping,’ she said. ‘At first we were talking about a job and then I said, ‘I just don’t know what to do about speaking out.’ He didn’t react. Normally Dad would give his advice. I could tell by the tone of his voice that he just didn’t know.
‘I was thinking, ‘I am sure he knows.’ The next day I spoke to Mum and said, ‘Does Dad know?’ She said, ‘I think so.’ She spoke to him and he was like, ‘I did not know.’ He explained that he probably wasn’t listening [back in 2001] because he didn’t want to know.’
Sasha is one of several women who were discussed by Harry as he described his love life
Sasha said after various interviews that she wanted to get back to work – and that’s what she is doing
Mother-of-two Sasha Walpole (pictured in her digger) claims Harry kissed her after asking her if she wanted to go outside for a cigarette during her 19th birthday party back in 2001
Digger driver Sasha says she was forced to say she was the mystery horse-lover who had a ‘passionate’ five-minute sex session with the duke in pub field
The Vine Tree Pub, Norton, Wiltshire where Prince Harry had sex with Sasha Walpole in a field, which the duke sensationally revealed in his bombshell memoir Spare
Aerial pictures of the Vine tree pub showing the surrounding fields where Sasha says the pair had sex
It meant Mr Alvis was then forced to read and listen to all the details about his daughter.
Mrs Walpole said: ‘It is awkward because of what Harry has written about me slapping his bum, really cringey.
‘It flared up because of the way Harry has written it. That is why I am in this situation. Harry has put it out there.
‘If Dad has an opinion on what Harry has done, he wouldn’t say it. He wouldn’t stew on it, as long as I am OK. My parents’ concern is for my safety. They just want me to be OK.’
Despite being a ‘private’ couple, Mrs Walpole’s parents backed her decision to speak out.
She has said she is ‘relieved’ the truth is finally out. ‘I don’t have to worry any more and I can get back to my life,’ she said.
‘There’s no regret. It was a moment of madness and life is about experiences.
‘I have no idea what Harry thought when he read it. He hasn’t contacted me and I don’t think he will. I’m not the same girl I was back then and he’s not the same lad. From my side of things it’s done and I don’t have to live in fear it’s going to come out.’
Sasha and Prince Harry pictured as youngsters. Left to right: Emma Lippiatt, Sasha Walpole (nee Alvis), Prince Harry and Lizzie Ward at The Beaufort Polo Club, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire
The Miss Piggy Toy Harry bought for Sasha for her birthday. The Duke bought it at Thorpe Park and gave it to her at her party with a card
The birthday card Prince Harry wrote to his close friend Sasha Walpole back in 2001. It reads: ‘To Sasha, have a very happy birthday, and don’t get too pi***d! Luckily I’ll be there to keep an eye on you, loads of love, Baz… PS. Thanks for everything’
Mrs Walpole has received hundreds of supportive messages from the public calling her ‘authentic’ and praising her for taking ownership of the story away from Prince Harry.
‘I’m so grateful people have understood this is something I had to do,’ she said. ‘I’m so happy.’
Mrs Walpole has also been dubbed a ‘dark horse’ by her shocked friends who had no idea that she had slept with Harry until her revelation.
She told how she and the young prince had become friends while she was a groom at the future King Charles’s Gloucestershire estate, Highgrove. Mrs Walpole had invited the then 16-year-old to her 19th birthday party at The Vine Tree pub in the Wiltshire village of Norton in July 2001.
Harry arrived with a stuffed Miss Piggy and a comedy birthday card with a joke about a flatulent whale on the front.
With her down in the dumps over an ex, Harry cheered her up by buying them ten shots. But when they sneaked out of the pub for a crafty Marlboro Light cigarette, they ended up clambering over a fence to make love in a field.
‘He started to kiss me,’ she told The Mail on Sunday. ‘It was passionate, intense. We both knew. It went from a kiss on to the floor pretty quickly.
‘It was instant, fiery, wham bam, between two friends. It was sparky because we shouldn’t have been doing it. He wasn’t ‘Prince Harry’ to me, this was Harry, my friend, and the situation had got a little bit out of control. It felt naughty, I suppose, in the sense that it shouldn’t be happening.
‘We didn’t set out to do it – it wasn’t premeditated and I didn’t know he was a virgin. There were no virgin vibes – he seemed to know what he was doing. It was quick, wild, exciting. We were both drunk. It wouldn’t have happened if we weren’t.’
She then returned to the pub while Harry hid in a phone box where his security detail found him.