Prince Harry: I'm No Hero

Praises fellow soldiers, wants to return 'very, very soon'
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2008 8:14 AM CST
Britain's Prince Harry, left, is seen shortly after his return from active duty in Afghanistan, as his father Prince Charles, right, and his brother Prince William, center background, escort him as he...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a revealing interview with the British press, Prince Harry spoke yesterday of his stint in Afghanistan as one of the happiest times of his life, and said he "generally" doesn't "like England that much." The third-in-line to the British throne insisted he's not a hero, and talked emotionally of two wounded soldiers who flew home with him. "Those are the heroes, guys who had been blown up by a mine serving their country. It is a bit of a choke in your throat," he said.

The 23-year-old prince said he's eager to return to the front line "very, very soon." Harry, who was quickly evacuated from Afghanistan after his deployment was revealed by the press last week, called his withdrawal a "shame." He said his men were "gutted" by his departure, but that he was happy to have fulfilled his dream of serving as a tank troop leader.