Thursday, February 28, 2008

Prince Harry For The Crown: If We're Going To Have A Monarch, He Might As Well Be Awesome

Prince Harry has been serving on the front line in Afghanistan for a couple of months now. It's too bad the story leaked because you'd have to think the damage has been done and for the time being it won't be safe for him to serve, particularly on the front line.

CTV has the story:

Prince Harry has been secretly serving on the front line in Afghanistan since December, Britain's Ministry of Defence said Thursday.

Officials said the prince, who is third in line from the throne, is still in the country.

"He has been fully involved in operations and has run the same risks as everyone else in his Battlegroup," Chief of the General Staff Sir Richard Dannatt, who is head of the British Army, said in a statement Thursday.

Britain's media officer in Helmand said Thursday that Harry has been in Helmand fighting for the past ten weeks.

He said a decision was yet to be made on whether he would be pulled out of the region due to security concerns following the leak.


Prince Harry, who is trained as a tank commander, is a Second Lieutenant in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry of the British Army.

"What the last two months have shown is that it is perfectly possible for Prince Harry to be employed just the same as other Army officers of his rank and experience," said Dannatt.

"His conduct on operations in Afghanistan has been exemplary."

I'm no great fan of the monarchy as an institution but I figure if Canada has to have a King, let's make it a good one. Apparently he's third in line for the throne so I figure if we ask the two ahead of him really nicely we'll have ourselves a fighting king in no time.

UPDATE: Great post on the subject over at Taylor & Company. Check it out.

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