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.
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.