Prince Harry news – latest: Duke’s Afghanistan military service claims ‘ill-judged’


Prince Harry
’s claims to have killed 25 people during his military service in Afghanistan have been criticised by fellow soldiers as “ill-judged” and “hugely disappointing”.

The admission, and description of having viewed those he killed as “chess pieces”, in his forthcoming book, Spare, could also serve to “re-incite” those who wish the royal harm as a result of his service, warned retired British Army officer, Colonel Richard Kemp.

The revelations from his ghostwritten autobiography emerged in a flood of leaks on Thursday, including claims that his brother William physically attacked him in a row about Meghan Markle and was involved in Harry’s decision to wear a Nazi costume, alongside admissions of taking cocaine and other illict drugs.

He also details conversations with his father King Charles, including one after Prince Philip’s funeral in which the monarch is claimed to have begged his two sons not to make his own final years “a misery”.

The palace has declined to comment on the many allegations.

Key Points

  • Prince Harry’s Afghanistan military service claims ‘ill-judged’
  • Duke ‘claims brother physically attacked him in row about marriage’
  • Harry alleges he saw ‘red mist’ in brother William
  • King Charles asked sons not to make his final years ‘a misery’, book reportedly claims
  • Harry rejects suggestion he is invading his family’s privacy

Cressida Bonas shares first photograph of baby son as Prince Harry opens up about romance

19:50 , Eleanor Noyce

Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas has shared the first picture of her baby boy amid the release of the Duke of Sussex’s tell-all memoir.

On Thursday (5 January), Bonas – who dated the royal from 2012 to 2014 – shared a photo to Instagram of her embracing her newborn and sausage dog.

“Welcoming 2023 with these 2 treasures,” she captioned the photo. “Happy new year everybody.”

The post was shared after Prince Harry’s forthcoming autobiography Spare leaked ahead of its release on 10 January.

Ellie Muir reports:

Cressida Bonas shares first photo of baby son as Prince Harry opens up about romance

“I whispered that I hoped she was happy”, recalls Harry of seeing his grandmother Queen Elizabeth on her death bed

19:20 , Eleanor Noyce

Prince Harry has described the last time he saw his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, following her death in September 2022.

In Spare, the Duke of Sussex describes travelling to Balmoral Castle in Scotland. He discovered via the BBC News website after his flight landed that Her Majesty had died.

Princess Anne welcomed him into the castle and took him up to his grandmother’s room.

“I advanced with uncertainty and saw her. I stayed still, watching her carefully for a good while,” he pens.

“I whispered that I hoped she was happy and that she was with grandfather now.

“I said that I admired her for having carried out her duties until the end – the jubilee, the welcoming of the new prime minister.”

Prince Harry has ‘turned against military family’ by revealing Afghanistan kills, ex-colonel says

18:50 , Eleanor Noyce

The Duke of Sussex has now turned against his “other family, the military” after revealing he killed 25 people in Afghanistan, a retired British Army colonel has said.

Colonel Tim Collins, known for a pre-battle speech he made in Iraq, said Harry’s conduct is “not how we behave in the army”.

It comes as the duke faces an intense backlash after writing about his time in Afghanistan in his controversial memoir, Spare.

Harry wrote that flying six missions during his second tour of duty on the front line in 2012 to 2013 resulted in “the taking of human lives”, of which he was neither proud nor ashamed.

Rebecca Speare-Cole reports:

Prince Harry has ‘turned against military family’ by revealing Afghanistan kills

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