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Prince Harry Pulls Out of Afghanistan

Headline: Prince Harry Pulls Out

Prince Harry's service in Afghanistan has come to a swift conclusion after a Drudge tip prompted news outlets everywhere yesterday to break their silence on the Prince's whereabouts.

Harrry has been deployed to Afghanistan since December, but many news outlets agreed to keep the information secret for security reasons. The decision for Harry's swift removal came from the British Ministry of Defense who said in a statement,

The decision by elements of the foreign media to report Prince Harry's presence in Afghanistan without any consultation with the Ministry of Defense is regrettable. . . worldwide media coverage of Prince Harry in Afghanistan could impact on the security of those who are deployed there, as well as the risks to him as an individual soldier.

The decision must be disappointing for the royal who said in a recent interview, "At the end of the day I like to sort of be a normal person, and for once I think this is about as normal as I'm ever going to get. As far as I'm concerned, I'm out here as a normal JTAC on the ground and not as Prince Harry."


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DoctaJones DoctaJones 9 years
mcpro26, It would not be an infringement of freedom of the press even if they did tell the American media to hold it. The British government has no control over the American media other than to just not tell them anything. However, because he is a potential ruler they probably felt an obligation to tell the media outright on the condition that the media would get coverage or an exclusive at a later date. It is a bit sad they need to make promises like that, and I'd like to believe most editors (at least ones with ethics) would see that it should be kept hush-hush.
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 9 years
What a hottie.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Good to see that I'm not the only one who found the title amusing!lol.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
While I don't agree with this war and think if you don't have to sign-up, don't. So I think he is very lucky to have gotten out. However the media is awful; they risked his life and everyone other soldier around him by releasing this news. The media should have kept it's disgusting mouth quite.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Shop, was your boyfriend drafted? ;) It's too bad that this happened, but I wonder how secure the information about his location or his mission was if the press found out. I mean, can we assume that the Taliban or groups that it might have connections to would have intel. comparable to that of the press? I just question how "top secret" you can keep information like this anyway? And this headline made my day. I am going to pretend it's about me!!
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 9 years
It's difficult to pull off something like this and I think the Royal family, their people, the press...whoever or all of them...agreed to some coverage. BUT they were NOT to air it until his tour of duty was OVER. No one wanted to risks the lives of the other soldiers or Harry's. If it had all worked out this way, everyone would have gotten what they wanted and thought was best. It wasn't like the Royals would have endangered the 2nd in line to the throne for "coverage"...their not stupid. But once he was safe they may have not minded some other good to come if it, and it would have been a maturing experience for Harry (hopefully)....
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Mariner, the British press did not break it, but it was not for admirable reasons. They were promised photo ops and stories and paid off to keep their mouth shut. It is not like they did it out of the goodness of their hearts.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
It's not infringing on freedom of the press because NOTHING is going to happen to them. From what I understand, the British press was asked not to break to story for security reasons. But, I do think it is ABUSE of freedom of the press to break a story like that because it put an entire unit's life in danger. And for what?
mcpro26 mcpro26 9 years
I dont know if I can blame Drudge because if I read it right some Australian newspaper brought it up first and then drudge broke it. On the other hand I do not believe the American press had anything set up with the british government because if they did, would that not be infringing on our freedom of the press? That is what Drudge did was exercise his right to free press whether it was right of wrong in peoples eyes to endanger the prince and his fellow soldiers.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
It's not wrong, cine, we all have our special talents :-P
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Shop, they took him out because the taliban would SPECIFICALLY target his group and him and therefore make thier Jobs a thousand times more dangerous. its not favortism its called saving more than Harry from certain death.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
:rotfl: I am so proud I started this. Is that wrong?
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
M3 - I got it!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Oh my God; now my head is full of weird images including maps and cleaning up mess off it and British girls and Prince Harry and you guys... it's too much! :0
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
M3 :?
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
What's his mess? Being in Afghanistan?
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
It's Prince Harry's mess, he should clean it up.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Not surprising at all.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
ok now im thinking my comment really only added fuel to the fire..
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Clean it up people! haha!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I know Tres! I just can't help it!
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
Ah, philleif, it seems you were a little quicker than me.
mymellowman mymellowman 9 years
Good thing he did it to, we wouldn't want Afghanistan getting pregnant.
philleif philleif 9 years
My British girlfriend always complains about early withdrawal.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Glad to know I'm not the only one with a mind in the gutter! I have to say that I really respect him for wanting to go. As a royal, he could easily have sat back and continued to party and never gotten a taste of the real world. It was so irresponsible of that Australian magazine and the Druge Report to break the story.
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