Harry's Afghan Downtime: Playing Butler, Board Games

Apparently, he really likes games

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 27, 2013 1:40 PM CST

(Newser) – More tidbits from Prince Harry's media blitz upon his return from Afghanistan: His off-duty time in Afghanistan appeared to be full of war movies, board games, and elaborate candy trades. The 28-year-old helicopter pilot and fellow members of his squad swapped Kit Kats and Rice Krispies Squares for American soldiers' M&Ms, according to a British media pool report released today. Other high- and lowlights:

  • Playing butler: The third-in-line to the UK throne said anyone who lost at Uckers—a military game similar to Ludo or Parcheesi—had to then wait on his comrades like a Buckingham Palace butler, ready with a fresh cup of tea whenever anyone rang their bell. "Whoever loses ... then you have to make brews for everybody all day," Harry said.
  • On rumors that he's far better at PlayStation than board games: "I don't know who told you that," he told reporters. "I lost two days ago, and yesterday, so since you guys have been here I've only lost."
  • His favorites while deployed: Chicken and broccoli, Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now, and Platoon. Also spotted: Black Hawk Down, the Ridley Scott film about a helicopter raid gone wrong in Somalia—an interesting choice for an Apache pilot.

In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, Prince Harry wears a Santa hat as he shows media his sleeping area at the VHR (very high readiness) tent, close to the flight-line, at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, Prince Harry wears a Santa hat as he shows media his sleeping area at the VHR (very high readiness) tent, close to the flight-line, at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.   (John Stillwell)
In this Nov. 3, 2012 file photo, Prince Harry races out from the VHR (very high readiness) tent to scramble his Apache with fellow pilots, during his 12-hour shift in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
In this Nov. 3, 2012 file photo, Prince Harry races out from the VHR (very high readiness) tent to scramble his Apache with fellow pilots, during his 12-hour shift in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.   (John Stillwell)
In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry talks to a TV crew after making his early morning pre-flight checks on the flight line, at Camp Bastion, southern Afghanistan
In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry talks to a TV crew after making his early morning pre-flight checks on the flight line, at Camp Bastion, southern Afghanistan   (John Stillwell)
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