British Army considers Harry's role after Iraq ban
May 17, 2007 - 1:46:34 PM
London, May 17 - The British Army was considering how to salvage Prince Harry's military career after deciding that he would not be sent to serve in Iraq as planned, British media reported Thursday.
The prince's reputation has been seriously harmed in the eyes of many Britons after Wednesday's decision not to send him to war-torn Iraq, as there were 'unacceptable risks' involved to the prince and those serving with him.
Some parents of soldiers killed while serving in Iraq were outraged: 'It would appear that Harry's life is more valuable than my son or the nearly 150 service personnel who've given their lives,' Reg Keys, whose son Thomas was killed in the southern city of Basra in 2003, told broadcaster BBC.
Some parents demanded that Harry and his brother William leave the army if the same rules did not apply to them as applied to all soldiers.
British tabloid The Sun said that Harry's military career was now ruined and cited a friend of the prince as saying that Harry was wondering about his future in the army after the decision.
The prince said Wednesday he accepted the decision with great regret. He said he was 'very disappointed,' but also understood the reasons behind it.
General Sir Richard Dannatt had said earlier Wednesday in a statement: 'I have decided today that Prince Harry will not deploy as a Troop Commander with his squadron.
'There have been a number of specific threats, some reported and some not reported, which relate directly to Prince Harry as an individual.
'These threats expose not only him but also those around him to a degree of risk that I now deem unacceptable.'
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