Prince Harry threatens to quit Army unless he is sent to Afghanistan

Prince Harry threatens to quit Army unless he is sent to Afghanistan

11th November 2007

Frustrated Prince Harry has threatened to quit the army after military chiefs cancelled plans to send him to Afghanistan.

The Prince, a second lieutenant in the Household Cavalry, had been told there was a chance he could be posted at the beginning of October.

But the decision was reversed with just days to go amid continuing fears for his safety.

Harry wants to fight on the front line but he only carries out menial office duties

The last-minute intervention is a major blow for Harry, who is still reeling from the disappointment of seeing his Blues and Royal troop go to Iraq without him.

He has always made clear that he sees no point in staying in the army if he is not given a chance to prove himself on the front-line.

But his military commanders fear that his presence would prove too dangerous for both himself and his men.

As a result, he has spent the last few weeks on regimental duties at Combermere Barracks in Windsor and is said to be so unhappy that he has threatened to walk out unless a suitable military post can be found for him.

"Harry is at rock bottom. He is a real hand-on soldier and cannot bear the thought of his career stretching out in front of him without anything meaningful to do," said a source.

The friend added: "He is not a quitter but it is so disheartening. Over the past few weeks he has often been the only Household Cavalry lieutenant in camp.

"He has spoken to his father about his feelings and has said he is not prepared to be a redundant soldier for another year.

"There is some talk of sending him abroad to be a military attache, but no-one really quite knows what to do.

"The MoD are going to have to do something about it, however, and quick."

Prince Harry has told his father he is not prepared to be a redundant soldier for another year

Harry has already spoken to his advisors about spending time in Africa and pursuing his charity work as an alternative to his army career.

But his Clarence House advisors fear that like his uncle, Prince Edward, who famously flunked his marine training course, the prince would never escape the stigma of quitting.

"Harry has no choice but to stick at it, however unhappy he feels," said a senior source.

"There is a great deal of sympathy for his situation but this is not just about him, it is about the monarchy as an institution. If the Royal Family cannot be seen to be serving its country then it makes a mockery of the Queen's role as head of the armed forces."
It is not easy on this boy, but I believe he is a proud member of the royal family and he understands the responsibility that comes with that.
Honestly I am impressed.
How frustrating it must be for him and understandably so.
Not only having a target on his back for who he is, but he could also put other soldiers at risk for who he is. Drawing unnecessary fire perhaps, just to nail a prince.
lone wolf
Royals aren't exempt from military service ... REAL military service.
Hmmm.... Wonder how Bush would look in cammy?

Drawing unneccecary fire?

That is the most poorly thought out reason ever. Insurgents are out to kill soldiers (any soldier) as their combat plan (to impact home country morale and cause a withdrawal).

If they go out of their way to kill one particular person, they leave hundreds of other more vulnerable soldiers out of harms way.

Whats more they have to walk into a heavily defended trap, so rather than killing 10 or 15 soldiers and losing a hundred or two of their own, they would love five or six hundred soldiers and only kill 3 or 4 soldiers (Even if one did happen to be the Prince)

If he is willing to put himself in that risk, it would make everyone safer, even those around him.
Prince Andrew served his country on the front lines.


...Only six months later, with the rank of Sub Lieutenant, the prince was to see active service as part of the British naval task force which sailed to the South Atlantic to regain the Falkland Islands from Argentina.

Famously, he flew as a so-called Exocet decoy to protect warships from missile attack. Throughout the war he flew on various combat missions, helped in casualty evacuation, transport, and search and air rescue. (external - login to view)

I suspect there is more to this story than what makes the press.
Send him.

Steve too.


Quote: Originally Posted by earth_as_oneView Post

Prince Andrew served his country on the front lines.

I suspect there is more to this story than what makes the press.

I remember this story from the time; Andrew served only after he threatened to resign his comission, which he almost had to do, his father (a veteran) intervened with Mom, who was refusing to have him the story really remains the same. In fact, I would suspect Harry's threat to resign is inspired by his uncle's actions......

Looks good on both Andrew and Harry......
Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

Send him.

Steve too.


You comment made my day.


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