Prince Harry, or Captain Wales, as he is called in the UK Army Air Corps, confirmed today that he killed Taliban fighters during his recent tour of duty in Afghanistan. The Prince said: "We fire when we have to - take a life to save a life."
The Prince was followed on his tour of duty by a camera crew and clips of it have been released today on the BBC News website. During the filming he was interviewed and revealed moments about his life as a serving soldier.
Harry is now on his way home after completing a five-month stint in Afghanistan serving as an Apache helicopter pilot gunner. In the film clips he revealed that his unit took Taliban insurgents "out of the game".
Sandy haired Harry is sometimes portrayed as a 'bit of a lad', with his well publicised naked pool partying and such, but just like many other military personnel, perhaps its just his way of blowing steam when not in the front line.
In Afghanistan the Prince sat right in the front of his Apache attack helicopter. He controlled many weapons not the least of which was a 30mm cannon.
Harry answered questions about his role in Afghanistan in a very straightforward way. When asked if he had killed from the cockpit he said: "Yeah, so lots of people have."
Prince Harry who is third in line to the British crown played down his bravery saying that generally the Taliban fighters would run away when they heard the sound of his chopper.
However Captain Wales, as he is known in the Army Air Corps, said the sight of an Apache was often enough to make Taliban fighters flee saying "They look at us and just go 'Right, that's an unfair fight, we're not going to go near them".
The Prince spent quite a bit of time on the Very High Readiness Team at Camp Bastian in Helmand. This meant that he was often on 24 hour call. He and his fellow soldiers had to be on alert to respond to any emergency. The Prince said: "Every time you run the aircraft you get that adrenaline rush and then once you're in the aircraft you've got to try and slow yourself down because otherwise, if the adrenaline is pumping too much, if you're going too fast you're going to miss something."
He esplained that being a Prince did have its drawbacks as some soldiers not working with on a day to day basis could not shake the fact that he was royality from their view of him: "That's one thing that I dislike about being here, because there's plenty of guys in here who've never met me and think of me as Prince Harry as opposed to Captain Wales, which is frustrating."
Harry has to juggle his army life with his public duties as a senior member of the Royal Family. He's pretty laid back about the split saying: "As to how long I'm going to spend in the Army, who knows? I will continue to bounce between my Army job and the other job."
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