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.