Harry Came to Gay Soldier's Rescue

Soldier reveals 2008 incident in new book
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2013 10:15 AM CDT
Harry Came to Gay Soldier's Rescue
In this photo taken Dec. 12, 2012, Britain's Prince Harry makes his early morning pre-flight checks on the flight-line, from Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/ John Stillwell, Pool)

(Newser) – If you're the type to swoon over every little thing Prince Harry does, prepare your tizzy now: One of his fellow soldiers in the British Army revealed over the weekend that Harry came to his aid when he was being bullied over his sexuality by other soldiers. "I told him, 'I think I’m going to be murdered by the infantry,'" James Wharton writes in a new book excerpted by the Daily Mail. "He had a complete look of bewilderment on his face. ... He said, 'Right, I’m going to sort this s--- out once and for all.'"

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Harry marched right on over to the six bullies and Wharton watched the prince "having a go" at them, he recalls. "I could see he wasn't holding back." Harry reportedly warned them to "back the f--- off," or, in other words, threatened them with discipline if they didn't leave Wharton alone. He then briefed a senior officer on the incident and told Wharton it had all been "sorted." Harry was Wharton's tank commander and Wharton was his gunner during the 2008 incident. Wharton's book, Out in the Army, details his 10 years in the military ... including, needless to say, much gossip about Harry. (Read more Prince Harry stories.)

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