Prince Harry's candid interviews while in Afghanistan has taken the social world by storm, with hundreds of tweets praising the “amazing” interview. On Jan. 21, 2013, a series of interviews that according to The Daily Mail were given “to the press” just before the prince is set to come home, hit newspapers, Twitter and other social media outlets.
Footage includes Prince Harry having to dive away from the interview when he was urgently called back to duty. The interviews are gaining attention and praise for their realistic approach to a prince in a combat zone.
“The way Harry runs back to duty during the interview is so surreal to me. Shows that your work is never done over there. --@RoyallyKate”
While much of the interview reportedly revolved around life with the 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, Prince Harry also touched on last year's strip poker game, saying that he had expected a certain amount of privacy: “I was in a private area and there should be a certain amount of privacy that one should expect.”
He expressed regrets at letting down his family and said that Prince Charles frequently reminded him of his position in life, and tried to persuade him not to read the newspaper reports--advice he ignores.
According to The Scotsman, Prince Harry did kill insurgents in Afghanistan; that was his job. But the Ministry of Defense has denied he killed “innocent Afghanis” as claimed by a policial activist earlier in 2013. As Prince Harry put it, he had to take a life to save a life while providing defence and firepower in rescue missions.
The interview puts royal life into perspective, with the prince saying he needed to flip between different personas, but also that he saw himself as Army soldier first, as that was his current job:
“One in the Army, one socially in my own private time, and then one with the family and stuff like that. --@PHarryWales”
According to The Daily Mail, Prince Harry was often exhausted after seven-hour missions and 12-hour shifts, and found it frustrating that, while in his own small squadron he was part of the team, when he joined larger groups he was often seen as the prince, and not as the soldier. His commander confirmed there was “nothing safe or routine” about Prince Harry's tour of duty, which is coming to an end soon after 20 weeks.
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