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Prince Philip spent years supporting a young paralysed carriage rider

Added 04-19-21 02:36:02am EST - “Prince Philip spent years supporting Andrew Cowdery, then 21, who hit his head during a swimming pool dive in Princes Risborough in 1984 and was left paralysed.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Prince Philip spent years supporting a young paralysed carriage rider”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Prince Philip spent years supporting a young man after he was paralysed in an accident the night before they were due to compete against each other in an equestrian event.

The tragedy happened in 1984 when Andrew Cowdery, then 21, had a life-changing accident after hitting his head during a swimming pool dive.

He had been due to compete against the Duke of Edinburgh in a carriage driving event at Windsor Great Park the following day but instead was fighting for his life in hospital.

When the Duke heard what had happened he immediately offered his extensive sympathy and support to Andrew and his family - and continued to do so for over 25 years.

Encouraged by the Duke, Andrew, who finally died in 2010, was able to rebuild his life after the accident and go on to enjoy a fulfilling and highly-regarded career writing about the sport that had brought them together.

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