April 24, 2006

Prince Harry has the royal cajones to serve

Prince Harry: Send me to war or I'll quit.

From: The Daily Telegraph

PRINCE Harry has threatened to quit the British Army if commanders refuse to send him to the frontline.

The prince and his older brother William have both made it clear they want to see active service with their units.

Earlier this month Harry, 21, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, the army's oldest and most senior regiment.

The Blues and Royals have been deployed in almost every major operation of the past 25 years, including the Falklands, Bosnia and both Gulf wars.

And now it has been revealed the determined prince told top brass at the Sandhurst military academy: "If I am not allowed to join my unit in a war zone, I will hand in my uniform."

This poses serious problems for advisers tasked with protecting William and Harry, the second and third in line to the throne, and those fighting alongside them.

A Clarence House spokeswoman said: "Harry is very clear that he is joining the Army to serve his country as an operational soldier."

But she added: "There may be circumstances in which his presence could attract attention, which could lead to additional risk to those he commands or himself.

"In these instances it is a judgment call made by his commanding officer."

Good for them.

I applaud their willingness and determination to serve regardless of their royal status.

Posted by Kyer at April 24, 2006 05:02 PM | TrackBack

I also appreciate his willingness to serve. Can you imagine the international backlash, though, if he is injured or killed, G-d forbid?

Posted by: Stevin at April 26, 2006 11:44 AM

Interesting point, Steven.

I am sure there would be much a-do in the global media should either of the princes fall in harm's way and do not make it out alive.

However, God forbid, should anything happen to them, no one should place any higher value on their lives and sacrifices than any other serviceman or woman.

Afterall, isn't that what they are saying, indirectly, by insisting on being designated fully operational soldiers?

Posted by: kyer at April 26, 2006 05:09 PM