Schussing down the Swiss ski slopes wasn't the same for Prince Charles this year. A favorite downhill companion was sidelined by a nasty fall.
The prince telephoned Swiss ski instructor Bruno Sprecher in the hospital to wish him well, a newspaper reported Sunday. He has instructed Charles on the slopes for years.
Sprecher could be out of action for at least a year after tearing knee ligaments during a recent skiing trip, the weekly newspaper Sonntags Blick reported.
"I am in great pain," Sprecher told the paper. By his hospital bedside, Sprecher had a large bouquet of flowers sent by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, another frequent visitor to the Swiss ski resorts.
Charles was accompanied on the ski trip by his 12-year-old son, Prince Harry.