Prince Harry Serving Secretly in Afghanistan

February 28, 2008 05:58 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The news that Prince Harry has been on the Afghan front line for 10 weeks was leaked on Thursday afternoon, breaking a media embargo.

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The Guardian and other news sources are reporting that the U.S. Web site The Drudge Report was the first to break the British government embargo on the story.

"I am very disappointed that foreign websites have decided to run this story without consulting us," said Sir Richard Dannat, head of the British army.

Harry has been serving as an air controller in the dangerous southern province of Helmand. He was reportedly “very disappointed” when military officials decided he could not serve in Iraq last year because of the security threat.

The Daily Telegraph quoted Prince Harry at length at the time. The prince explained that he wanted to fight, but not at the expense of his fellow soldiers’ safety.

“I would never want to put someone else’s life in danger when they have to sit next to the bullet magnet," he said. "But if I’m wanted, if I’m needed, then I will serve my country as I signed up to do."

A prince preparing to risk life and limb for his fellow countrymen sounds strange today. But deeds of valor were once what was expected of royalty.

His grandmother’s namesake, Queen Elizabeth I, famously vowed to her troops that she was prepared to die among them, as England awaited a Spanish invasion in 1588.

At Tilbury, in the south of England, she said the immortal words “I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king.” She pledged her willingness “in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die amongst you all.”

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