Prince Harry will serve in Iraq

Britain’s third in line to the throne will be going to Iraq next year according to a Royalty Gossip site. Prince Harry, who has attended Sandhurst, the British Army’s Royal Military Academy, is due to be deployed in May/07.

Prince Harry is to be sent to Iraq next year

Britain’s Prince Harry is to be sent to Iraq next year as a troop commander and is likely to patrol the hazardous border with Iran, defense sources say. The third in line to the throne will join the Army’s 1st Mechanised Brigade, which will be deployed to Basra in May 2007. The prince has told colleagues that he is determined to go on operations and be treated as normally as possible – not kept out of the line of fire. Defence chiefs, in consultation with the Prince of Wales’s office, will have to devise a plan that will not put his life or those of his troops in any greater danger. Substantial planning will go into the deployment and the media is likely to be asked for co-operation on security aspects of the mission. As a troop commander in the Blues and Royals, the prince will have the rank of cornet, equivalent to a second lieutenant, in charge of 11 men and four light tanks. They will patrol the long border with Iran where weapons, insurgents, drugs and money are smuggled. The prince’s men will use night vision equipment to find terrorists trying to bring in sophisticated bomb making devices. Although the mission will be hazardous, the prince is keen that his royal position will not disqualify him. He once said: “There is no way I’m going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my a*se back home while my boys are out fighting for their country.”

Doesn’t sound like duck soup to me. Does make me think of his Mum.

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6 Responses to Prince Harry will serve in Iraq

  1. Ginny

    Sounds like Prince Harry knows his history and the role of the Kings and Princes (not to mention Queens) in ancient battles. It was fully expected that they would lead the charge and fight as their soldiers did.

    Times have changed, warfare styles has changed, but Prince Harry obviously feels it’s his duty. Good for him.

  2. Marjorie G says:

    He has been the sillier, thrill-seeking of the two, may see this as an adventure, but he will be changed forever in a way I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

    What he sees, as a prescription for England doing better in the future, can only be good.

  3. Marjorie

    He certainly has a sense of valor that is missed on the children of the ruling class here!

  4. Marjorie G says:

    Abyssmal what passes for ruling class ethics here, or ruling by monied class. Just like conscription of the past, someone else fighting for them if they can afford it.

    They just love the Iraq War.

  5. Ginny in CO says:

    Pam and Marjorie,

    The family is certainly known for their sense of duty. His Uncle Andrew was known for being the thrill seeker also. However I can’t compare service in the Falklands to the Iraq/Iran border in a company of 4 light tanks.

    He is obviously accustomed to speaking on the record and the willingness to be with “his boys” is possibly just a good sound bite. Sure has a hell of a potential price tag.

    I had mixed respect for Diana until she had time to grow into her role, and did it very well. Her efforts on behalf of the mine treaties and victims is what I will always remember her for. To the extent that the boys were both influenced by her and affected by her early death, I hope the concern for “the commoners” stays with them.

  6. Sypher says:

    Well, his unit will have smooth sailing from now on I see, he says that he doesnt want any special treatment, but I bet that a couple patrols of SAS troops will go along with his unit in order to protect his “royalty”.

    Good for him yeah, but for real, he will surely be looked over and protected by experienced special forces, no question about that.