Pro patria

2008-03-04 00:00

PRINCE Harry, third in line to the British throne, has returned prematurely to Britain from Afghanistan where he was serving in the front line with his regiment after his cover had been blown by the foreign media.

The British Department of Defence had received an undertaking from the British media that they would not report his presence, given that he was, in his own words, a “bullet magnet”. They faithfully maintained the news blackout, but non-British media were not bound by any such agreement.

The almost universal commendation the prince has received on his return is tribute to the fact that, despite his status, he is prepared to do his duty for his country and vigorously rejects the label of “hero” which some would place upon him.

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