Secret No More: Prince Harry's in Afghanistan

UK press promised silence, but foreign media leaked story

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 28, 2008 1:47 PM CST

(Newser) – Prince Harry is indeed in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban, the BBC reports. The news was leaked by foreign media and confirmed by the UK government despite a press agreement to stay mum on Harry’s military service. The prince, nicknamed “bullet magnet,” said he appreciates frontline duty: “I finally get the chance to do the soldiering that I want to do.”

The British Army's head was “very disappointed” that sites in Australia and Germany defied the blackout. Now that the cat's out of the bag, though, more from the prince: “I haven't really had a shower for four days,” he said. “It's very nice to be sort of a normal person for once … about as normal as I'm going to get.”

In this image made available in London, Thursday Feb. 28, 2008, Britain's Prince Harry patrols through the deserted town of Garmisir, Afghanistan, close to Forward Operating  Base Delhi, on Wednesday Jan. 2, 2008. Harry has been serving in Afghanistan with the British Army.  The deployment was not reported due to...
In this image made available in London, Thursday Feb. 28, 2008, Britain's Prince Harry patrols through the deserted town of Garmisir, Afghanistan, close to Forward Operating Base Delhi, on Wednesday...   (Associated Press)
In this image made available in London, Thursday Feb. 28, 2008, Britain's Prince Harry mans a 50mm machine gun at an observation post close to Forward Operating  Base Delhi, in Afghanistan, on Wednesday Jan. 2, 2008. Harry has been serving in Afghanistan with the British Army.  The deployment was not...
In this image made available in London, Thursday Feb. 28, 2008, Britain's Prince Harry mans a 50mm machine gun at an observation post close to Forward Operating Base Delhi, in Afghanistan, on Wednesday...   (Associated Press)
In this image made available in London, Thursday Feb. 28, 2008, Britain's Prince Harry sits in his accommodation at  Forward Operating  Base Delhi, Afghanistan, on Wednesday Jan. 2, 2008. Prince Harry has been serving on the front line in Afghanistan with the British Army, according to an announcement by Britain's...
In this image made available in London, Thursday Feb. 28, 2008, Britain's Prince Harry sits in his accommodation at Forward Operating Base Delhi, Afghanistan, on Wednesday Jan. 2, 2008. Prince Harry...   (Associated Press)
In this image made available in London, Thursday Feb. 28, 2008, Britain's Prince Harry leaves a Forward Operating Base on his way to patrol through the deserted town of Garmisir, Afghanistan, on Wednesday Jan. 2, 2008. Prince Harry has been serving on the front line in Afghanistan with the British...
In this image made available in London, Thursday Feb. 28, 2008, Britain's Prince Harry leaves a Forward Operating Base on his way to patrol through the deserted town of Garmisir, Afghanistan, on Wednesday...   (Associated Press)
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