Today we get to get a better understanding of Prince Harry of Wales because over the Xmas holiday season, he was shadowed in Afghanistan by the British press who were given unprecedented access to the young prince. The footage was filmed last month but is only now just being released to the public. Among the things that Harry talked about on camera are those infamous nekkid pics from Las Vegas, the military action he’s endured in Afghanistan and his upcoming role as uncle to his brother Prince William‘s first child (due to be born in July). Click below to see some interview excerpts and hear what Harry has to say on all of these topics, in his own words.
“It was probably a classic example of me probably being too much army, and not enough prince. It’s a simple case of that,” he said during an interview at his military base in Afghanistan. Harry, 28, was partying in the hotspot just before he was deployed to Afghanistan, when embarrassing photographs of him were released. “At the end of the day I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down,” he said. “But at the end of the day I was in a private area and there should be a certain amount of privacy that one should expect.” “Back home all my close friends rallied round me and were great,” he added.
Prince Harry said that he was not troubled by killing militants. “Take a life to save a life,” he said. “If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game.” In another edit of the footage, posted online by The Guardian, Prince Harry, who is known as Captain Wales in the army, explained that he was glad to have been “pushed forward to the front seat,” the one reserved for the attack helicopter’s gunner. That was, he said, “a joy for me because I’m one of those people that loves playing PlayStation and Xbox, so with my thumbs I like to think I’m probably quite useful — if you ask the guys I thrash them at Fifa the whole time,” referring to a popular video game series. “This is a serious war, a historic war, resistance for us, for our people,” a Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, told Agence France-Presse in response, “and now this prince comes and compares this war with his games, PlayStation or whatever he calls it.” But, the spokesman added, “we don’t take his comments very seriously, as we have all seen and heard that many foreign soldiers, occupiers who come to Afghanistan, develop some kind of mental problems on their way out.”
Additionally, Harry says that William has revealed to him that he would LOVE to be stationed in Afghanistan as well:
“He’d love to be out here and, to be honest with you, I don’t see why he couldn’t,” the prince said. “No one knows who’s in the cockpit. Yes you get shot at, but, you know, if the guys who are doing the same job as us are being shot at on the ground, then I don’t think there’s anything wrong with us being shot at as well. Yeah, people back home might have issues with that, but we’re not special.”
I can’t say that I’m really surprised to hear Harry talk like this … he’s young and, IMHO, too immature to realize the ramifications of what he’s talking about. Likening war to a video game and then bragging that his brother is jealous that he can’t take part in the “fun” just really reeks of immature idiocy. In a more light-hearted part of the interview, Harry talks about his excitement at finally becoming an uncle:
“Obviously I’m thrilled for both of them,” he said in Helmand Province about ten days after St James’s Palace announced that Kate was pregnant. “It’s about time,” he joked. “I can’t wait to be an uncle.” Asked if he had telephoned William and Kate to congratulate them from Afghanistan, he said: “Of course I have. I had a chat to them. I spoke to my brother and her, and they’re both very well and both very happy obviously” … “[I am] literally am very very happy for them, but I just only hope that she and him – but mainly Catherine – hopefully that she gets the necessary protection to allow her as a mother-to-be to enjoy the privacy that that comes with. I seriously hope that’s going to be able to happen.”
This whole idea of privacy is funny to me. Unlike celebrities who can choose to leave their fame behind and enjoy their privacy, members of the Royal Family are pretty much “owned” by their subjects and they can’t really expect all that much privacy when they go out in public. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, they say. All in all, this interview with Prince Harry is very enlightening and mostly entertaining … his youth definitely shows in some parts, tho. What do y’all think of this? Are you impressed by him or … less so?