Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

A thin line between fact-checking and propaganda in Gaza social media coverage

Read more

DEBATE

Gaza: How to Stop the Spiral? Israel Readies For Ground Offensive (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Gaza: How to Stop the Spiral? Israel Readies For Ground Offensive

Read more

FOCUS

Ireland's missing babies casting light on a dark history...

Read more

WEB NEWS

World Cup 2014: Germany-Brazil inspires the Web

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Boutros-Ghali: 'I wanted to reform the UN'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

57 000 little problems

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

The Sarkozy 'threat'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Budget challenge for India's new government

Read more

  • US prepared to negotiate Gaza ceasefire, Obama says

    Read more

  • Manhunt as FIFA partner flees Rio hotel to avoid arrest

    Read more

  • French companies will have to accept anonymous CVs

    Read more

  • Ukrainian forces close in on Donetsk

    Read more

  • Germany asks US intelligence station chief to leave country

    Read more

  • Hamas rockets reaching deeper into Israel

    Read more

  • UN chief Ban Ki-moon appoints new Syria mediator

    Read more

  • Video: Muslims in China confront obstacles to Ramadan fasting

    Read more

  • Tour de France passes WWI Chemin des Dames battlefield

    Read more

  • Senegalese man awarded French visa in gay marriage debate

    Read more

  • Israel steps up airstrikes as diplomacy gets under way

    Read more

  • Argentina beat Netherlands on penalties to reach World Cup final

    Read more

  • Foiled French jihadist ‘targeted Louvre and Eiffel Tower’

    Read more

  • Obama in Texas to urge congressional action on child migrant crisis

    Read more

  • Iraq’s heritage 'in danger' from ISIS militants

    Read more

Prince Harry back in Britain

©

Latest update : 2008-03-01

Prince Harry arrived back in Britain on Saturday after news of his 10-week tour of duty in Afghanistan was leaked by foreign media.

LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry, third in
line to the throne, returned home from Afghanistan on Saturday
after news leaked out on the Internet that he had been secretly
fighting the Taliban for 10 weeks.
 

Queen Elizabeth's grandson was pulled out early from the
frontline because defence officials feared worldwide coverage of
his deployment with the British army could endanger him and his
fellow soldiers.
 

The prince flew back to the Royal Air Force base at Brize
Norton in central England to be greeted by his father, Prince
Charles, and brother, Prince William. Harry went to Afghanistan
on active service in December on a four-month deployment.
 

The 23-year-old son of the late Princess Diana was the first
British royal to see combat since his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew
helicopters during the Falklands War 25 years ago.
 

The British media had maintained a voluntary blackout on
Harry's Afghan deployment but that collapsed after Web sites in
Australia, Germany and the United States leaked the news.
 

He was bitterly disappointed last year that his planned
deployment to Iraq was cancelled after militant groups there
threatened to kidnap or kill him. Harry confessed he had
contemplated quitting the army.
 

Harry said he could now be a "top target" for Islamist
extremists in Britain after fighting the Taliban.
 

"Once this ... comes out there'll probably be every single
person, every single person that supports them will be trying to
slot me," he said.
 

The Times newspaper agreed. "Prince Harry returns to England
today, a hero to the Army, a changed man in the eyes of the
public and a target for jihadists," it said.
 

Harry, pursued around London by paparazzi every time he goes
to a nightclub, revelled in the anonymity of serving on the
frontline in Afghanistan.
 

The prince, whose mother lived in the glare of media
publicity before dying in a Paris car crash while being chased
by paparazzi, said: "It's very nice to be a normal person for
once, I think this is about as normal as I'm ever going to get."

Date created : 2008-03-01

Comments

COMMENT(S)