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Plastic Surgeon's Big Mouth Gets Him Cut from Prince William's SoCal Polo Match

Playing polo (Photo by kidsire via Flickr)
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Things are pretty cut-and-dried when it comes to the impending "Royal Visit" by Prince William and his new bride Catherine Middleton. With a spate of events on the docket for the newlyweds' Californian weekend, those who have been awarded a special spot on the Royal agenda need to mind their p's and q's.

Now the plastic surgeon who touted himself as the one selected to stand by on the sidelines of the Santa Barbara Polo Club in case His Highness needed some emergency reconstruction aid to his chiseled features has learned he is not going to be at the game after all.

Toby Mayer, the Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon "who has helped stitch up cuts at Santa Barbara Polo Club matches for years," has been notified he has been "deselected" as the surgical standby for Saturday's match.

Why? The Royal entourage wish to control the media when it comes to the big visit, and his talking to the press this week about his involvement in the match was a no-no. Here's what Mayer said, in a statement he issued himself:

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“As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are embarking on a new life, keeping Prince William healthy and looking Hollywood, camera-ready, is of the utmost importance. I am honored to be selected by Buckingham Palace to be the Beverly Hills surgeon given such an esteemed privilege to keeping his royal highness looking good.” “Most people do not realize that playing polo is actually a dangerous sport. By all appearances it is a gentleman’s sport, however, to be competitive the player has to be not only fit and agile, but able to control a 1000-pound animal that is running at speeds of 35 mph, all while dodging other players, and avoiding being hit by the plastic ball and mallet which can cause serious injury.”

Santa Barbara Polo Club manager Ariana Nobel said that, actually, Mayer had never been "confirmed as the plastic surgeon on site for the event," adding: "It seems as if he chose to assume he would be the doctor on site on the 9th since he has served as the doctor at many prior polo events at the Santa Barbara Polo Club."

Oops. Dr. Mayer, you know what they say happens when you assume, right?

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