Aussie Mag Apologizes to Harry

Publishing Afghan story was 'irresponsible and insensitive,' say editors
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 10, 2008 4:30 AM CDT
Britain's Prince Harry talks of his recent tour of duty in Afghanistan, during a TV interview after arriving back at RAF Brize Norton, near Oxford, England, Saturday March, 1, 2008. Prince Harry revealed...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – An Australian women's magazine has apologized to Britain's Prince Harry for breaking a media embargo and being the first to reveal that he was serving with troops in Afghanistan. The young royal was immediately pulled from the combat zone after just 10 weeks because of fears he would become a terror target. "We do acknowledge that our actions in publishing the story can be reasonably viewed as insensitive and irresponsible," said the magazine New Idea.

The revelation about Harry's deployment in the magazine went largely unnoticed until it was picked up by the Drudge Report and hit the worldwide press, triggering an end to Harry's combat stint. New Idea frequently runs pieces on the British royals, but editors said they were "not alert to the possible ramifications" of the story on Harry.