Queen backs my return to Afghanistan: Prince Harry
Prince Harry says the British Queen has given blessings for returning to war duty in Afghanistan.
London: Prince Harry has claimed the British
Queen has given her blessing to his return to active duty in
Afghanistan, ending speculation over whether the Royal Family
would approve of his second stint in the war-ravaged country.
In an interview with the `BBC`, the 26-year-old third-
in-line to the British throne has said that his grandmother
"understands more than anybody else" the duty to serve one`s
country, `The Daily Telegraph` reported.
Asked if his family would worry about him returning to
the frontline, the Prince said: "They will be concerned, just
as any other family.
"But my grandmother -- and my father, of course, but my
grandmother more than anybody else because at the end of the
day she`s the Queen -- she understands more than anybody else
that I`m serving my country and that`s what I chose to do and
that`s what William chose to do as well, and that`s what we`ll
continue to do."
Harry is likely to be deployed next year when his Apache
pilot training comes to an end. In 2008, the Prince served in
Helmand Province with the Household Cavalry but his tour was
cut short after 10 weeks when an Australian magazine breached
a news blackout and disclosed his whereabouts.
There were fears that his presence in Afghanistan
could increase the risk to other soldiers by making him a high
priority target for the Taliban.
Asked why he had chosen the "lonely business" of flying
rather than the camaraderie of life on the ground, the Prince
admitted that he had been given little choice in the matter.
"When I came back last time, obviously it was because of
the media. I wanted to go back... and I was told, `From the
media`s point of view you`ve done that job we`ll not keep this
secret quiet unless you do something different`," he said.