Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, stated in his autobiography Spare -which will go on sale in the next few days- which killed 25 taliban while serving as a helicopter pilot during the war in Afghanistan. The admission is part of a long series of confessions he made in the explosive book that not only aroused the ire of the royalty british but also the military forces.
Harrywho served in the Army for ten years, rising to the rank of captain, recounts that I did not think of those 25 Taliban as “people”, but as “chess pieces” on a boardas reported by the newspaper The Telegraph who got a preview of the book that promises to be a boom of sales.
However, the disclosure of his military record sparked a barrage of criticism as reckless of someone in the public eye who may become a target of extremists around the world. Former Commander of the Royal Navy Ben McBean urged the Duke to “shut up”, and is one of the many veterans of Afghanistan who said that the prince had broken a “unwritten rule” when revealing the casualties produced.
“He already has a big target on his back and he may have grown a bit more. But he’s in America, he’s got security… here in the UK they might think we can’t get to Harry, but we could go to his old headquarters. … you’re always a target anyway, but I think exacerbating things and pulling numbers doesn’t really help,” he said. McBean in statements reproduced by The Daily Mail.
For his part, retired colonel Richard kemp called Harry’s comments “ill-advised” and warned that they could have compromised their security and provoke the revenge of the terrorists. Kemp, who was sent to Kabul in 2003 to assume command of the forces in Afghanistan, told BBC: “I think you are wrong when you say in your book that the insurgents were seen as practically non-human -subhuman perhaps-, just as chess pieces that had to be knocked down.”.
“That is not the case at all. That’s not the way the British Army trains people as he claims… So I think he’s giving the wrong impression when he makes those kinds of comments – that’s not the way the British Army sees things.” , refuted kemp.
But also, kemp whipped up Harry for the security risk that his words could mean: “Not only has he gone too far by talking about this in terms of himself, but it may have repercussions for others. As a member of the Royal Family he has to accept being a kind of ambassador to the United Kingdom, so his comments may affect the safety of his former comrades in operations abroad…”.
Prince Harry He went to Afghanistan twice under strict secrecy so as not to be a particular target of the Taliban, who, if they knew he was on their land, could have tried to reach him, which would have meant a major risk for British troops. He finally had to go back to the Kingdom United when his presence in the Middle East became known, but he returned to combat in 2012 to camping Bastionin Helmand province, trained to fly Apache helicopters.
Spare, the scandal book
In the book, titled Spare (replaced, in English), the Duke also recounts a discussion he had with Prince William at his London home in 2019 as part of his wedding to Meghan Markle. The prince claims that his sister called his wife “rude” and “difficult”, names frequently used by the tabloids in the UK.
After this, Harry assures that the discussion heated up until William grabbed him by the neck and pulled him to the ground.. The prince assures in his autobiography that his sister was not being “rational” and accuses him of acting as the “heir” to the British Crown, according to the newspaper. Guardian.
Regarding the alleged altercation of 2019, Harry points out that before telling his wife, who was “sad” about what happened, he told his therapist. The family quarrels reached such a point that King Carlos III begged his sons to have a truce after the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The autobiography reveals leaked details such as the pleas to Carlos III by his son not to marry the queen ‘consort’, Camila.
Harry’s resentment at being the “replacement” is the unifying theme of her book, through chapters on her childhood, her upbringing, her career as a royal and in the British Army, her relationship with her parents and brother and her life with Meghan, she notes. Guardian.
The title of the book comes from an old saying in royal circles and the British aristocracy, which says that the first son is heir to titles, power and fortune, but the second is a spare, in case something happens to the firstborn.
Early in the book, Prince Harry tells the story of how his father, Charles III, supposedly told his wife, Princess Diana, on the day of her birth: “Wonderful! Now you have given me an heir and a spare, my work is done.
In addition to the book, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently revealed their difficult relationship with the British royal family in a documentary released on the Netflix platform.
The dukes decided to separate from the Royal House at the beginning of 2020 to be financially independent. The couple lives in California with their two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.5.
With information from EuropaPress
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