PRINCE Harry’s close friend Guy Pelly has been disqualified from driving after being clocked doing 129mph on the A303 near Cholderton.

Pelly, 30, was stopped by traffic police on the 70mph limit dual carriageway at 12.50pm on March 17 and was due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court on Friday.

The nightclub entrepreneur, who has been a friend of both Prince Harry and Prince William since school, did not turn up and his barrister, James Harrison told the court he was ill.

It was the second time Pelly had been ill when due to appear at court, and Mr Harrison told magistrates his client was happy for the case to proceed in his absence.

PC Adrian Ridley told the court he had spotted Pelly’s Audi R8 sports car from about 1km away and judged it was travelling “significantly faster” than the cars around it.

Mr Harrison said Pelly did not dispute he was speeding but claimed it was nowhere near as fast as the police officer said.

PC Ridley told the court he had more than 20 years’ experience and was satisfied there was nothing wrong with the equipment or the reading it gave.

He said: “It’s not an option at all that there was something wrong with the reading. I’m more than happy the speed I got on the device was the correct speed.”

The magistrates said they found the policeman credible and were satisfied the device was working accurately.

Pelly, of Sheffield Terrace, Kensington, London, was fined £750, ordered to pay £265 costs, and disqualified from driving for 56 days.