Media Leak Ends Harry's Afghan Mission

Army planning emergency exit for soldier prince
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 29, 2008 5:38 AM CST
In this image made available in London, Thursday Feb. 28, 2008, Britain's Prince Harry, top right. with Lance Cpl Chris 'Dougie' Douglass, left, atop a military vehicle in the Helmand province, Southern...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Britain's defense ministry is setting up emergency plans to withdraw Prince Harry from his battalion in Afghanistan after yesterday's news leak that he had been stationed there. He has completed 10 weeks of what was supposed to be a four-month tour of duty in Helmand Province, reports the Times of London. The defense ministry lifted its media embargo on coverage of Harry's service after the Drudge Report, the German tabloid Bild and an Australian women's magazine reported the story.

Now the news is plastered across Britain's front pages, with the Star gushing: "When Harry Met Tali." In an interview to be released after Harry's return, the 23-year-old prince expresses concern that he could become a target of Taliban supporters. "Once this film comes out there’ll probably be every person that supports them trying to slot me," he said. "Now that you come to think about it it’s quite worrying."