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Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- Off To Iraq
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D. Spencer Hines
2007-02-23 07:32:19 UTC
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Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.

DSH
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Harry is ordered to the front line

22.02.07
Evening Standard

Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he will be
going to Iraq within weeks.

The 22-year-old Army officer will command an armoured patrol on a six-month
tour of duty after winning his battle to serve alongside his fellow
soldiers.

Harry, who had threatened to quit if he was not allowed to join his men on
the front line, will become the first member of the Royal Family to serve in
a war zone since Prince Andrew in the Falklands war 25 years ago.

The final decision to put the third in line to the throne in harm's way came
after months of agonised debate between the Ministry of Defence and the
royal household. Palace sources said the Queen had given her "whole-hearted
support" to her grandson's deployment.

But while Harry's courage was lauded yesterday, there were concerns that
insurgents will flock to southern Iraq in the hope of capturing him as a
"trophy".

Islamic extremists warned his presence could provoke a backlash from British
Muslims against the Royal Family.

Ralph Wykes-Sneyd, Prince Andrew's commanding officer in the Falklands War,
said the Argentine military junta had plotted to capture Andrew "and parade
him through the streets of Buenos Aires" in 1982.

He feared Harry would be in even greater danger. "He is a man of some
celebrity. You offer up some trophy factor," he said.

Referring to Prince Andrew's service as a Navy helicopter pilot, he added:
"There is a difference between sea operations and land operations. At sea
you fight a war at much more distance from the enemy. You're much less
likely to end up in the enemy's hands. That is not the case on land."

The Ministry of Defence also had to take into account the possibility that
Harry's presence in Iraq would increase the risk to his fellow soldiers, who
have wryly nicknamed him "bullet magnet".

Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt, gave the final
go-ahead to send Harry into action after consultations with the royal
household and senior Government ministers.

The MoD confirmed that Harry's unit, "A" Squadron of the Blues and Royals,
is among those going to Iraq from April, and that he will carry out a
"normal troop commander's role".

In a statement jointly issued with Clarence House, the MoD said the decision
to send Harry had been "a military one".

Senior royal sources told the Mail that while the Queen was concerned for
his safety, her belief in the importance of duty meant that "if the Army say
they want him there, Harry has her wholehearted support".

Asked what he thought about Prince Harry going to Iraq, Tony Blair told the
BBC: "I think it is very typical of him. He is a very brave young man who
wants to be part of his regiment and part of the Army. It shows a very
special character on his part."

Cornet Wales, as he is known in the Army, will lead a troop of 12 men from
the Blues and Royals in four Scimitar light tanks, carrying out long-range
desert patrols.

Primarily responsible for surveillance and intelligence-gathering, the
Prince's men are likely to operate well away from towns, using their
mobility to keep watch on enemy movements across wide swathes of southern
Iraq's remote deserts.

The nature of his work in Iraq will minimise the danger of him being
identified by insurgents.

The MoD and Clarence house issued an unprecedented appeal for a news
blackout once Harry arrives in Iraq - and for an end to any discussions
about his unit's likely location.

His tour of duty is expected to test the strength of his relationship with
girlfriend Chelsy Davy.

However the couple are likely to be reunited when Harry returns to Britain
on leave in July. He will also be back in August for the pop concert and
memorial service to mark the 10th anniversary of his mother's death.

It will also mean an abrupt end to the hectic socialising for which he has
been criticised in recent months.

Major Charles Heyman, editor of the British Army Guide, said: "Young
soldiers think it's brilliant that a member of the Royal Family will share
their hardships and dangers. It has a really good knock-on effect on morale
right across the armed forces.

"This is a young prince - a man in a privileged position - saying "I'm going
to do my duty, the same as ordinary soldiers do".

"It shows the Royal Family has a real stake in the armed forces, not just
ceremonial roles."

Harry had threatened to quit the Army if he was not allowed to serve in
battle, saying last year: "There's no way I'm going to put myself through
Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting
for their country."

One friend said: "He is desperate to be treated as one of the lads. He would
have felt totally humiliated if he had not been sent with the rest of his
men."

Another source within his regiment said: "I would say Harry is over the
moon. He joined the regiment to do what the regiment does."

But while the news was well received among his fellow soldiers, there were
warnings of wider implications for the Royal Family.

Omar Bakri Mohammed, the former British-based firebrand Islamic preacher
living in exile in Beirut, said radical Muslims in Britain would regard
Harry's deployment as "a provocation".

"I don't know why Prince Harry isn't sensitive enough to realise that this
will hurt the feelings of a lot of Muslims in Iraq and Great Britain," he
said.

"In Britain it will be seen as provocation because he represents the Queen,
the monarchy and the Church of England and that link could provoke Muslim
youths."

Bakri's British representative Anjem Choudary warned that the announcement
"did not bode well" for the Royal Family, although he stopped short of
predicting terrorist plots against them.

"The Queen talks about shared values between all religions, but her grandson
is going to be occupying a Muslim country. It doesn't bode well for the
Royal Family," he said.

The extremist website Ahl us-Sunnah wal- Jamaa'ah Muntadaa yesterday carried
a report on Harry's deployment headlined: "Prince Harry will be sent to Iraq
to kill Muslims."
Brian Sharrock
2007-02-23 08:56:58 UTC
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Post by D. Spencer Hines
Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.
DSH
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Harry is ordered to the front line
22.02.07
Evening Standard
Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he will be
going to Iraq within weeks.
big snip of Hines quoting;

<headline>
Police release Eubank after Iraq truck protest
</headline>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/23/neubank123.xml
<extract>

The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a lorry
bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your catastrophic
illegal war to make it look plausible."

</extract>
--
Brian
Renia
2007-02-23 13:13:42 UTC
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Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by D. Spencer Hines
Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.
DSH
-----------------------------------------------------
Harry is ordered to the front line
22.02.07
Evening Standard
Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he will be
going to Iraq within weeks.
big snip of Hines quoting;
<headline>
Police release Eubank after Iraq truck protest
</headline>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/23/neubank123.xml
<extract>
The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a lorry
bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your catastrophic
illegal war to make it look plausible."
</extract>
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
Jack Linthicum
2007-02-23 13:17:38 UTC
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Post by Renia
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by D. Spencer Hines
Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.
DSH
-----------------------------------------------------
Harry is ordered to the front line
22.02.07
Evening Standard
Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he will be
going to Iraq within weeks.
big snip of Hines quoting;
<headline>
Police release Eubank after Iraq truck protest
</headline>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/23/neuba...
<extract>
The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a lorry
bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your catastrophic
illegal war to make it look plausible."
</extract>
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
The kid's a quarter Greek, isn't he?
William Black
2007-02-23 13:54:44 UTC
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Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Renia
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by D. Spencer Hines
Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.
DSH
-----------------------------------------------------
Harry is ordered to the front line
22.02.07
Evening Standard
Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he will be
going to Iraq within weeks.
big snip of Hines quoting;
<headline>
Police release Eubank after Iraq truck protest
</headline>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/23/neuba...
<extract>
The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a lorry
bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your catastrophic
illegal war to make it look plausible."
</extract>
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
The kid's a quarter Greek, isn't he?
The Greek royal family is Swedish.

The British royal family is German.

The Spencer family was originally Norman.

You work it all out.
--
William Black

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe
Barbeques on fire by chalets past the headland
I've watched the gift shops glitter in the darkness off Newborough
All this will pass like ice-cream on the beach
Time for tea
Renia
2007-02-23 14:09:28 UTC
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Post by William Black
Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Renia
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by D. Spencer Hines
Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.
DSH
-----------------------------------------------------
Harry is ordered to the front line
22.02.07
Evening Standard
Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he will be
going to Iraq within weeks.
big snip of Hines quoting;
<headline>
Police release Eubank after Iraq truck protest
</headline>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/23/neuba...
<extract>
The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a lorry
bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your catastrophic
illegal war to make it look plausible."
</extract>
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
The kid's a quarter Greek, isn't he?
The Greek royal family is Swedish.
Danish.
Post by William Black
The British royal family is German.
Prince Albert was German. He died 150 years ago.
Post by William Black
The Spencer family was originally Norman.
That was 1,000 years ago.
Post by William Black
You work it all out.
And are you British, by your own criteria? The frustration of your
ancestry cries out in your posts.
William Black
2007-02-23 14:12:37 UTC
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Post by Renia
Post by William Black
Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Renia
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by D. Spencer Hines
Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.
DSH
-----------------------------------------------------
Harry is ordered to the front line
22.02.07
Evening Standard
Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he will be
going to Iraq within weeks.
big snip of Hines quoting;
<headline>
Police release Eubank after Iraq truck protest
</headline>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/23/neuba...
<extract>
The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a lorry
bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your catastrophic
illegal war to make it look plausible."
</extract>
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
The kid's a quarter Greek, isn't he?
The Greek royal family is Swedish.
Danish.
Post by William Black
The British royal family is German.
Prince Albert was German. He died 150 years ago.
Post by William Black
The Spencer family was originally Norman.
That was 1,000 years ago.
Post by William Black
You work it all out.
And are you British, by your own criteria? The frustration of your
ancestry cries out in your posts.
Goodness you're dense.

Nobody's British.

There aren't any 'British'.

The Romans and the Vikings and lots of others killed them all.

We're all mongrels.

That's the point.

It doesn't matter.
--
William Black

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe
Barbeques on fire by chalets past the headland
I've watched the gift shops glitter in the darkness off Newborough
All this will pass like ice-cream on the beach
Time for tea
Renia
2007-02-23 14:37:54 UTC
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Post by William Black
Post by Renia
Post by William Black
Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Renia
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by D. Spencer Hines
Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.
DSH
-----------------------------------------------------
Harry is ordered to the front line
22.02.07
Evening Standard
Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he will be
going to Iraq within weeks.
big snip of Hines quoting;
<headline>
Police release Eubank after Iraq truck protest
</headline>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/23/neuba...
<extract>
The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a lorry
bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your catastrophic
illegal war to make it look plausible."
</extract>
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
The kid's a quarter Greek, isn't he?
The Greek royal family is Swedish.
Danish.
Post by William Black
The British royal family is German.
Prince Albert was German. He died 150 years ago.
Post by William Black
The Spencer family was originally Norman.
That was 1,000 years ago.
Post by William Black
You work it all out.
And are you British, by your own criteria? The frustration of your
ancestry cries out in your posts.
Goodness you're dense.
Nobody's British.
There aren't any 'British'.
The Romans and the Vikings and lots of others killed them all.
We're all mongrels.
That's the point.
It doesn't matter.
Precisely. So why do you make an issue of it?
Renia
2007-02-23 14:07:20 UTC
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Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Renia
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by D. Spencer Hines
Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.
DSH
-----------------------------------------------------
Harry is ordered to the front line
22.02.07
Evening Standard
Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he will be
going to Iraq within weeks.
big snip of Hines quoting;
<headline>
Police release Eubank after Iraq truck protest
</headline>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/23/neuba...
<extract>
The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a lorry
bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your catastrophic
illegal war to make it look plausible."
</extract>
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
The kid's a quarter Greek, isn't he?
No. His grandpappy, Phil the Greek, was born in Corfu, but was of the
Danish royal family.
Jack Linthicum
2007-02-23 14:18:39 UTC
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Post by Renia
Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Renia
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by D. Spencer Hines
Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.
DSH
-----------------------------------------------------
Harry is ordered to the front line
22.02.07
Evening Standard
Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he will be
going to Iraq within weeks.
big snip of Hines quoting;
<headline>
Police release Eubank after Iraq truck protest
</headline>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/23/neuba...
<extract>
The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a lorry
bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your catastrophic
illegal war to make it look plausible."
</extract>
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
The kid's a quarter Greek, isn't he?
No. His grandpappy, Phil the Greek, was born in Corfu, but was of the
Danish royal family.
Worse, those cartoonists did the crime of mocking the Prophet. Ok to
do Allah, but the big M is verbooten. (did you know that the on-line
English to Danish dictionaries do not have a word for "forbidden"?)
Soren Larsen
2007-02-23 16:19:34 UTC
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Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Renia
Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Renia
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by D. Spencer Hines
Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.
DSH
-----------------------------------------------------
Harry is ordered to the front line
22.02.07
Evening Standard
Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he
will be going to Iraq within weeks.
big snip of Hines quoting;
<headline>
Police release Eubank after Iraq truck protest
</headline>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/23/neuba...
<extract>
The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall
in a lorry bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young
prince to your catastrophic illegal war to make it look
plausible."
</extract>
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if
they can kill a potential future King of England.
The kid's a quarter Greek, isn't he?
No. His grandpappy, Phil the Greek, was born in Corfu, but was of the
Danish royal family.
Worse, those cartoonists did the crime of mocking the Prophet. Ok to
do Allah, but the big M is verbooten. (did you know that the on-line
English to Danish dictionaries do not have a word for "forbidden"?)
'forbudt'

Soren Larsen
--
History is not what it used to be.
a.spencer3
2007-02-23 16:48:58 UTC
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Post by Renia
Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by D. Spencer Hines
Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.
DSH
-----------------------------------------------------
Harry is ordered to the front line
22.02.07
Evening Standard
Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he will be
going to Iraq within weeks.
big snip of Hines quoting;
<headline>
Police release Eubank after Iraq truck protest
</headline>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/23/neuba...
Post by Brian Sharrock
<extract>
The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a lorry
bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your catastrophic
illegal war to make it look plausible."
</extract>
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
The kid's a quarter Greek, isn't he?
No. His grandpappy, Phil the Greek, was born in Corfu, but was of the
Danish royal family.
At least Corfu was British not that long before - Phil could have been one
of us!

Surreyman
Paul J Gans
2007-02-23 17:34:10 UTC
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Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by Renia
Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by D. Spencer Hines
Good Show! Prince Harry -- Real Brit -- And Randy.
DSH
-----------------------------------------------------
Harry is ordered to the front line
22.02.07
Evening Standard
Prince Harry was "over the moon" last night after being told he will
be
Post by Renia
Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by D. Spencer Hines
going to Iraq within weeks.
big snip of Hines quoting;
<headline>
Police release Eubank after Iraq truck protest
</headline>
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/23/neuba...
Post by Brian Sharrock
<extract>
The retired world champion was seen driving up and down Whitehall in a
lorry
Post by Renia
Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by Brian Sharrock
bearing the slogan: "Blair, don't send our young prince to your
catastrophic
Post by Renia
Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Brian Sharrock
Post by Brian Sharrock
illegal war to make it look plausible."
</extract>
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
The kid's a quarter Greek, isn't he?
No. His grandpappy, Phil the Greek, was born in Corfu, but was of the
Danish royal family.
At least Corfu was British not that long before - Phil could have been one
of us!
Hey, my grandmother lived in England long enough to give
birth to an uncle of mine there. Does that count?

We are *all* mongrels.
--
--- Paul J. Gans
Adam Whyte-Settlar
2007-02-23 17:28:35 UTC
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Post by Jack Linthicum
Post by Renia
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
The kid's a quarter Greek, isn't he?
No - his father isn't Prince Charles.
It's a cricketer his slut of a mother had an affair with.
I forget his name now but he's the spitting image of his Dad.

Besides, if he did get killed it would be a coup for the west not the
'terrorists'.
Lots more idiots signing up to do battle with the 'infidels'.
Great - Darwinism in action.
a.spencer3
2007-02-23 13:20:32 UTC
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Post by Renia
Post by Renia
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
Yep.
Given the status of our Royal Family, right or wrong, I feel the close heirs
in the military should resign themselves to non-active service.
It's all good gung-ho headlines for Harry, but could prove to be a terrible
embarrassment.
It's also tinged with a Royal endorsement of the whole Iraq thing, which is
not a good idea either.

Surreyman
Bryn
2007-02-23 16:28:34 UTC
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Post by a.spencer3
Post by Renia
Post by Renia
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
Yep.
Given the status of our Royal Family, right or wrong, I feel the close heirs
in the military should resign themselves to non-active service.
It's all good gung-ho headlines for Harry, but could prove to be a terrible
embarrassment.
It's also tinged with a Royal endorsement of the whole Iraq thing, which is
not a good idea either.
Surreyman
Particularly as his daddy is an Islam-appeasing tree-hugging Peacenik.

Must be very embarrassing...
--
Spring rain-
under trees
a crystal stream.

Bashõ
La N
2007-02-23 16:53:34 UTC
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Post by a.spencer3
Post by Renia
Post by Renia
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
Yep.
Given the status of our Royal Family, right or wrong, I feel the close heirs
in the military should resign themselves to non-active service.
It's all good gung-ho headlines for Harry, but could prove to be a terrible
embarrassment.
It's also tinged with a Royal endorsement of the whole Iraq thing, which is
not a good idea either.
Can you imagine if he returned suffering from a horrible case of PTSD? I'm
guessing a war bride is out of the question, even though his mom was
attracted to muslim lovers... ;)

- nilita
a.spencer3
2007-02-23 17:14:34 UTC
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Post by La N
Post by a.spencer3
Post by Renia
Post by Renia
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
Yep.
Given the status of our Royal Family, right or wrong, I feel the close heirs
in the military should resign themselves to non-active service.
It's all good gung-ho headlines for Harry, but could prove to be a terrible
embarrassment.
It's also tinged with a Royal endorsement of the whole Iraq thing, which is
not a good idea either.
Can you imagine if he returned suffering from a horrible case of PTSD?
I'm
Post by La N
guessing a war bride is out of the question, even though his mom was
attracted to muslim lovers... ;)
Knowing Harry, the bad bit will be when he yells to the embedded press -
GOTCHA!

Surreyman
Paul J Gans
2007-02-23 17:31:08 UTC
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Post by a.spencer3
Post by Renia
Post by Renia
Talk about sitting target. Talk about a coup for the insurgents if they
can kill a potential future King of England.
Yep.
Given the status of our Royal Family, right or wrong, I feel the close heirs
in the military should resign themselves to non-active service.
It's all good gung-ho headlines for Harry, but could prove to be a terrible
embarrassment.
It's also tinged with a Royal endorsement of the whole Iraq thing, which is
not a good idea either.
You could also take it as being willing to take the
risks other citizens are subject to. I'm not entitled
to an opinion, but if I were, I'd be pleased that the
Royals are not just museum pieces.
--
--- Paul J. Gans
D. Spencer Hines
2007-02-23 17:45:32 UTC
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Report: James Hewitt is NOT Prince Harry's father.

DSH
---------------------------------------------

Saturday, 21 September, 2002

Hewitt denies Prince Harry link
BBC News

Princess Diana's former lover James Hewitt has spoken out to end
persistent rumours that he is Prince Harry's father.

The former cavalry officer said people compared Harry's looks with his
own, but he stated categorically: "There really is no possibility whatsoever
that I am Harry's father. "I can absolutely assure you that I am not."

Prince Harry was "already walking" by the time his relationship with
Diana began, he told The Sunday Mirror.

Mr Hewitt was Diana Princess of Wales's secret lover for five years.

Speaking in the paper, he said: "Admittedly the red hair is similar to
mine and people say we look alike.

"I have never encouraged these comparisons and although I was with
Diana for a long time I must state once and for all that I'm not Harry's
father.

"When I met Diana, he was already a toddler."

Referring to portraits by fashion photographer Mario Testino, taken to
mark the Prince's 18th birthday a week ago, Hewitt said: "Looking at the
pictures I have to say he's a much more handsome chap than I ever was."

Spencer hair

He said he was aware the issue of Harry's paternity had been a major
talking point.

However, he said he did not meet the Princess, who died in 1997, until
two years after Harry was born.

St James's Palace declined to comment on Hewitt's comments.

In a book by Diana's former police bodyguard Ken Wharfe, the rumours
are also quashed.

Mr Wharfe said the gossip used to upset the Princess.

He said in his book: "The malicious rumours that still persist about
the paternity of Prince Harry used to anger Diana greatly.

"The nonsense should be scotched here and now.

"Harry was born on 15 September, 1984.

"Diana did not meet James until the summer of 1986, and the red hair,
gossips so love to cite as proof is, of course, a Spencer trait."

Indeed it is.

DSH

Lux et Veritas et Libertas

Deus Vult

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