Prince Harry, who recently returned from his four-month tour in Afghanistan, confirms he has fired on insurgents: “We fire when we have to, take a life to save a life, but essentially we’re more of a deterrent than anything else.”
When asked about his role in control of the weapons systems for the attack helicopters he pilots, Harry elaborates, saying, “When you fire a missile the whole floor vibrates… when you fire a cannon the whole helicopter shudders a bit. Take a life to save a life, that’s what we revolve around I suppose.”
The Prince’s remarks have been met with a combination of approval and dismay, but Harry insists killing people is not what motivated him to become an attack helicopter pilot. “It’s not the reason I decided to do this job,” he explains. “The reason to do this job was to get back out here and carry on with a job.”
Harry is no stranger to being scrutinized in the public eye, or having his privacy invaded, and the Prince shares his frustration with the media saying, “My father always says, ‘Don’t read it, it’s all rubbish.’ But of course I read it. I want to know what’s being said about me. I don’t think there is such a thing as a private life any more… every phone has a camera on it… you can’t move an inch without someone judging you. I never wanted you guys (the media) to be out here, but there was a deal, that’s the only reason you are out here.”
And it turns out he hopes the same for his pregnant sister-in-law, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge: “I hope for her and him, but mainly for Catherine, that she gets the necessary protection to allow her as a mother to enjoy the privacy that comes with it.”
So what do you think? Is Prince Harry right when he says “there’s no such thing as a private life” anymore, or do you think that he’s just not being careful enough with his private moments?
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