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Wednesday
Jan232013

Prince Harry’s War Games Trigger Backlash

JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince Harry is the subject of new security concerns as a possible high-value target for the Taliban after he suggested that he has killed insurgents in Afghanistan.

"Take a life to save a life.  That’s what we revolve around, I suppose,” Harry said to reporters recently.  “If there are people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game, I suppose.”

Much of the controversy comes from the 28-year-old prince’s comments comparing his job of flying Apache attack helicopters to his love of video games.

”I am one of these people who like playing Play Station and Xbox, so with my thumbs I would like to think that I am quite useful,” he said.

In response, the Afghan government on Monday said that likening his weapons systems to computer games gives the Taliban a propaganda victory.

The Taliban called Harry a coward and accused him of developing a mental problem during his four-month tour of duty.

”Now this Prince comes and compares this war with his games, PlayStation or whatever he calls it,” the Taliban said in a statement.  “He is supposed to be made of better things.”

The British press is also panning the prince, with one newspaper calling him a royal misfit, and another telling Harry to muzzle himself, guard his tongue and learn how to speak more like royalty.

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Friday
Dec072012

Prince Charles Worries ‘All the Time’ About Military Sons

Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- As the father of two military sons, Prince Charles says he worries “all the time” about Princes William and Harry’s safety.

“As you can imagine, being a parent of two boys in the armed forces, I do share with you the worry and anxiety of not knowing the exact details about our children’s whereabouts,” Prince Charles told a gathering of military members and their families, according to British newspaper The Sun.

He was addressing guests at The Sun’s Military Awards Thursday night in London.

“The younger one is at this moment in Afghanistan,” he said, referring to Prince Harry, 28.  “Fortunately, he rings me every now and then. … And from time to time, I’ve even persuaded him to write me a letter.”

Prince Charles, who himself served in the Navy and Air Force, said he encourages letters over emails or texts because, “In 30 years time or 40 years time, that will be interesting history.”

Harry is an Apache helicopter co-pilot and Prince William is a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot.  

Charles praised the “unending relentless courage” of the armed forces as well as the “extraordinary resilience and the unbelievable support” provided by their families at home.

“I really do understand the worry of service families when their loved ones are serving in somewhere like Afghanistan,” he said, according to The Sun.  “It’s almost easier for those serving away than for those left behind because you worry all the time.”

Prince Charles poked fun at his mischievous younger son by saying, “If I want to see what my children are up to, I look at the front page of The Sun.”

Photos of Harry’s naked partying in Las Vegas were on the newspaper’s cover in August.

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Friday
Oct122012

Prince Harry Reportedly ‘Risking His Life’ in Afghanistan

Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD via Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain’s Prince Harry is “in the thick of” fighting in Afghanistan and has had “multiple engagements” with the Taliban during his time in the war zone, according to a new report in the UK’s The Sun.

Harry, 28, is one month into a four-month tour of duty as a chopper pilot in Afghanistan.  He is stationed at Camp Bastion in Helmand province, on the front line.  Citing an unnamed “military source,” the Sun reports that Harry, known as Captain Wales in the British Army, is part of a four-man team on around-the-clock standby both to fire at the enemy and to provide cover for aircraft rescuing wounded soldiers.

“Think World War Two Spitfire pilot and The Battle of Britain,” the source told the Sun.  “He can be sat in a deckchair for hours then scrambled immediately.  When in the air his role is diverse.”

The palace has had no comment on Harry’s time in Afghanistan.

The prince, third-in-line to the British throne, also served a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2008 that was cut short because of publicity and concerns for the safety of him and his fellow soldiers.

The news of Prince Harry’s reported direct engagement with Taliban fighters comes less than one month after Camp Bastion was attacked by 15 Taliban fighters dressed in U.S. Army uniforms.

Two U.S. Marines were killed in the attack, and nine others were wounded, including one civilian contractor.   NATO officials said at the time that Prince Harry was several miles away, and was never in danger during the attack.

Harry qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot in February after completing a rigorous 18-month training program in the United Kingdom and United States that left him and his fellow trainees, “up to the challenge of operating one the of the most sophisticated attack helicopters in the world,” according to a statement from Britain’s Defense Ministry.

The Sun broke news last January that the 18-month training program included Harry, who first entered the military in 2005, being hooded and threatened in intense hostage training to prepare him for a possible return to Afghanistan.

Harry is the first British royal to complete that level of intense training, according to the Sun.  His current tour of duty in Afghanistan will make him one of the most decorated Royals in history.

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Wednesday
Oct102012

Prince William Attends Funeral of Childhood Nanny

Tim Graham/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William put professional obligations aside for the day to say goodbye to a woman who was by his side throughout his childhood.

William, the second-in-line to the British throne, attended the funeral of Olga Powell, a nanny to the royal family for 15 years, who died last month at the age of 82.

Powell first entered Prince William's life when the young prince was just six months old, according to ITV. She continued to watch William and, soon, his younger brother, Prince Harry, throughout their formative years and saw them through the divorce of their parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the death of Princess Diana just years later, in 1997.

William, 30, cancelled engagements with his wife, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, to attend the private service, held in Harlow, Essex, U.K. He was seen in photographs wearing a dark suit and surrounded by his extended family on his mother's side, including Diana's sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

Prince Harry, 27, did not attend the service because he is currently serving a four-month deployment in Afghanistan with the British Army.

Powell, who was frequently seen in photographs shepherding the young princes, reportedly kept in touch after she ended her service to the royals when William was around 15, attending William's 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle and his wedding to Middleton in April 2011. She also attended Prince Harry's confirmation at Eton College in 2000, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.

The Daily Mail also reported that Powell's family requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her honor to Prince Harry's own charity, Sentebale, which he created to provide support for children and orphans in Lesotho, Africa.

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Friday
Sep142012

Taliban Kill 2 US Marines at US-British Base in Afghanistan; Prince Harry Safe

JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/GettyImages(HELMAND, Afghanistan) -- Taliban fighters Friday launched a complex and sustained attack on the large U.S.-British military base in Southern Afghanistan where Britain's Prince Harry is based, killing two U.S. Marines and injuring several others.

Taliban fighters attacked the coalition base at Camp Bastion-Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province just before midnight local time with small-arms fire and rocket attacks, according to U.S. officials.

A U.S. official said Prince Harry is safe and was not affected by the attack. The British Defense Ministry said Friday that Prince Harry had been deployed to Camp Bastion along with his Apache helicopter unit. It is Prince Harry's second deployment to Afghanistan.

A Taliban spokesman had said days after the announcement of Harry's deployment that they would try to kill him while he's in Helmand Province.

"We will do our best to kill Prince Harry and Britain's other troops based in Helmand," Zabihullah Mujahid said. "It is not important for us to kidnap him. We will target him and we will kill him."

The coalition camp houses as many as 28,000 international troops. The British side of the base is known as Camp Bastion, the adjoining U.S. facility is called Camp Leatherneck. Defense officials say the casualties and damage to buildings and aircraft occurred on a Marine portion of the base located at Camp Bastion.

A Defense official said two Harrier fighter jets flown by U.S. Marines were damaged in the attack.

Master Sgt. Bob Barko Jr., a spokesman for International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, said a "follow-on assessment" of damage to the base is ongoing.

The attack was repelled, but it is unclear how many Taliban fighters might have been killed or wounded.

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Monday
Sep102012

Taliban Threatens to Kill Prince Harry

Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A Taliban spokesman said Monday that the terror group would use "all our strength" to kidnap or kill the U.K's Prince Harry, who has just begun serving a four-month tour of duty as a chopper pilot in Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid made the same threat in an interview with Agence France Presse, saying the Taliban had a "high-value plan" to get the prince. "It is not important for us to kidnap him," he said. "We will target him and we will kill him."

Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales in the British Army, is stationed at Camp Bastion in Helmand province, on the front line. Harry also served a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2008, though it was cut short because of publicity. The 27-year-old son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana is third in line to the throne, after his father and his older brother William.

The British government has declined comment on the threats against Harry, but NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he was not worried.

"That's not a matter of concern," said Rasmussen at a press conference in Brussels. "We do everything we can to protect all our troops deployed to Afghanistan, whatever might be their personal background."

Harry was in the news last month after he was captured on film partying naked with friends in Las Vegas.

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Friday
Sep072012

Prince Harry Heads to War in Afghanistan

Sgt Russ Nolan RLC/MoD via Getty Images(LONDON) -- Britain's Prince Harry is back on the front lines in the battle against terrorism in what will be a four-month deployment in Afghanistan.

A newly released video shows the prince, or Capt. Wales as he is known in the British army, arriving Friday in Afghanistan to take part in a top-secret mission to join coalition forces fighting the Taliban.  Prince Harry will report to Camp Bastion in Helmand Province in southeast Afghanistan, military officials said.

The prince's second trip to Afghanistan will entail flying Apache helicopters on various missions, including escorting other helicopters carrying troops and equipment, conducting surveillance missions and targeting Taliban fighters.

Harry, 27, qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot in February after completing a rigorous 18-month training program in the United Kingdom and United States that left him and his fellow trainees, "up to the challenge of operating one the of the most sophisticated attack helicopters in the world," according to a news release issued by Britain's Defense Ministry at the time.

Prince Harry was named as the best front-seat pilot, or co-pilot gunner, from his class of more than 20 fellow Apache helicopter pilots at a ceremony in February to mark the end of the training.  Harry's award was one of only two given at the end of the training course and marked the student whose "overall performance during the course is assessed as the best amongst their peer group," the ministry noted.

U.K. tabloid The Sun broke news in January that the 18-month training program included Harry, who first entered the military in 2005, being hooded and threatened in intense hostage training to prepare him for a possible return to Afghanistan.

Harry, the third in line to the throne, is the first British royal to complete that level of intense training, according to the Sun.

The prince's first deployment to Afghanistan, in late 2007, was scheduled to last three months but was cut short after 10 weeks when his cover was blown.  Harry was immediately removed from the field amid fears he could become a terrorist target.

"At the end of the day, you're in a war zone and you're responsible to look after yourself, the guy to the left, and the guy to the right.  And I think it's really that simple," he told ABC News' Bob Woodruff in 2011 of his service.

Camp Bastion, where Harry will be based, is the main British base and logistics hub for operations in Helmand.  Harry will join more than 28,000 civilian workers and service members, including 12,000 U.S. troops based at the adjoining Camp Leatherneck, at the base.

His return to military duty comes weeks after nude photos of his partying in Las Vegas were leaked on the Internet.

Harry, who, sources told ABC News, was in Vegas blowing off steam before reporting back to military duty, was reportedly caught in the photos after playing a game of strip billiards.  The photos, including one of Harry standing and covering his genitals and one in which he is bear-hugging a naked woman, made headlines but did little to derail the image of the much-loved prince, with many in Great Britain laughing it off.

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Thursday
Aug232012

Prince Harry Returns to England After Nude Photos Surface

Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Prince Harry was uncharacteristically quiet as he boarded a plane in Los Angeles for a flight home to England just hours after Buckingham Palace confirmed that naked pictures posted online of him partying at a Las Vegas hotel are real.

Harry, 27, dodged reporters’ shouted questions about the photos as he boarded the plane’s first class cabin on Wednesday, where he reportedly stayed the entire flight.

TMZ posted photos on Tuesday of the naked prince playing pool in a hotel suite.  In one of the photos, reportedly taken last Friday, Harry is seen standing and covering his genitals with his hand.  An unidentified woman, who also appears to be naked, is standing behind him.

In another photo, the prince is bear-hugging a naked woman.

Harry, the third in line to the British throne, had been in Las Vegas on holiday with friends, letting off steam before the next phase of his military duties, sources told ABC News.

Once home in England, Harry, who as recently as this month’s London Olympic Games had been a major part of the positive press sweeping the royal family, will have to face his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and the rest of the royal family.

“She [the queen] will be unhappy about it,” Arthur Edwards, royal photographer for The Sun, told ABC News.  “She probably choked on her cornflakes when she heard about it.”

“But I imagine Prince Philip will probably enjoy it,” he said.

The palace said it won’t be making any further comments about the nude photos.  But on Wednesday, Harry’s office took action to prevent the British press from using the pictures. The prince’s team confirmed it had contacted the Press Complaints Commission which advised British newspapers to not publish the pictures.

Facing the risk of a lawsuit or being forced to make an apology, the British press largely steered clear of the digitized naked photos, choosing instead to run other photos of Harry in Las Vegas. The UK’s tabloid newspaper, The Sun, however, got creative and used a staff member, also named Harry, and a 21-year-old female intern to recreate the naked pose under the headline “Harry grabs the crown jewels.”

While Harry faces the queen and his father, Prince Charles, his security team is also being questioned Thursday, about why they did not do more to protect an heir to the throne from an embarrassing situation.

In England, the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police defended the security guards traveling with the notoriously fun-loving prince.

“Royal protection officers are there to protect him for security reasons; they are not there to regulate his life,” Bernard Hogan-Howe told the Telegraph of London.

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Wednesday
Aug222012

Nude Photos of Prince Harry Surface Online

Stuart Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pictures of a naked Prince Harry at a Las Vegas hotel that surfaced online are real, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

TMZ posted photos overnight of the prince playing pool in a hotel suite room fully naked.  In one of the photos, reportedly taken on Friday, Harry is seen standing and covering his genitals with his hand.  An unidentified woman, who also appears to be naked, is standing behind him.

In another photo, the 27-year-old prince is bear-hugging a naked woman.

Prince Harry has been on holiday with friends, letting off steam before the next phase of his military duties, sources told ABC News.

The palace said it won't be making any further comments about the nude photos.

"Everybody knows better than to party naked in a room full of strangers without confiscating the cellphones.  That's just Hollywood 101," said ABC News public relations consultant Howard Bragman of Reputation.com.  "There's always deniability, but once the photos are taken, you're caught."

Harry's time in Las Vegas had been low-key.  Harry and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte faced off Monday in a swimming battle at a pool party, according to video obtained by the New York Daily News. The impromptu faceoff occurred at the XS Nightclub pool at the Wynn Hotel.  Lochte can be seen in the video raising his hands in victory, just as if he'd defeated former rival Michael Phelps for gold.

Harry, third in line to the British throne, has been in Vegas since the weekend.  The prince was spotted on Saturday chilling out a few bungalows away at a pool party Jennifer Lopez hosted at MGM Grand's Wet Republic, according to People magazine.

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Tuesday
May292012

Prince Harry Reflects on Queen Elizabeth II’s Legacy

WPA Pool photo by MARK LARGE(NEW YORK) -- To the world, she’s Queen Elizabeth II, the beloved British monarch who has reigned for 60 years.  But to her grandson Prince Harry, she’s just “Granny.”

“In a small room with close members of the family, then she is just a normal grandmother.  Very relaxed,” the prince said in an interview with ABC News’ Katie Couric.  “She obviously takes a huge interest in what we all do, that’s her children as well as her grandchildren.   She wants to know which charities we’re supporting, how life is going in our jobs and such.  So you know, she has a vested interested in what we do.”

Now, the prince has begun to see his most famous relative in a new light.

“When we were young it was very easy to take our grandmother for granted.  She was just a grandmother to us.  It’s only really sort of been over the last sort of five, eight to 10 years that I’ve actually really learned to sort of understand and accept the huge deal that she is around the world, especially within the U.K.,” Harry said.

The 27-year-old prince, who is the third in line to the throne, hit the road as his grandmother’s royal envoy for the first time this March, visiting the Caribbean, Central and South America to greet and thank her subjects.

The prince attended to royal business on the queen’s behalf, but was widely applauded for the fun and charm he brought to the task.  He took on Olympic great Usain Bolt in a friendly 20-meter race in Jamaica and boogied with locals in Belize.

To royal watchers, it looked like the prince had not only found his groove, but also his own unique way to express the values of his grandmother, 86, who became monarch when she was only 25.

While Harry excelled on his first trip, taking on the level of royal responsibility that his grandmother did is something he can’t imagine.

“No, not a chance,” the prince said on having the queen’s duties at such a young age.  “But this tour itself has been a brief insight as to what she had to deal with at a very young age … what she’s achieved and what she’s done and at the age of 25 … confronted with the world’s media.  And you can see it in her face now.  You can see it in the way that she parades herself is just immaculate.  And she’s learned it from all the years of experience.”

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration of her 60 years on the throne, Couric conducted several rare interviews with members of the royal family -- including TRH Prince Harry, The Duke of Cambridge Prince William and The Duke of York Prince Andrew -- which will air in an ABC network special, The Jubilee Queen With Katie Couric, on Tuesday, May 29 at 9 p.m. ET.  The broadcast will also include interviews with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and give viewers special access inside Buckingham Palace.

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