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Britain Recalls Prince Harry from Afghanistan

February 29, 2008 02:29 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The breach of a media embargo on Harry’s presence in the dangerous Helmand province forces the British army to pull out the young prince.

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The Drudge Report ended the media blackout yesterday, but was not the first source to break the story. The Australian women’s magazine New Idea revealed Harry’s presence in Afghanistan on Jan. 7, and the German tabloid Bild soon followed, as detailed by ABC News.

Neither print publication, however, received much attention when they ran the story.

The day after The Drudge Report covered the news, the British military decided that the media coverage made Harry's continued presence too risky, both for the prince and his fellow troops. Harry began his tour of duty 10 weeks ago.

The media blackout was the result of an agreement between the U.K. Ministry of Defence and news sources around the world. In exchange for temporary silence, “some media organizations were granted access to the prince in Afghanistan for interviews and filming,” reports the BBC.

Prince Harry is the son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and is the third in line to the British throne. He is the first member of the British royal family to serve in a theater of war since his uncle Prince Andrew piloted a helicopter in the Falklands War in 1982.

Headline Link: Harry called back from the Afghan front

Background: Harry in Afghanistan

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Video clip of Harry in Afghanistan
‘Prince Harry Serving Secretly in Afghanistan’

Related Topic: 'New Idea Pleads Ignorance on Harry Embargo'

Historical Context: The Royal Family and Military Service

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