Luke O’Reilly, PA
Sun, 8 January 2023 at 9:52 pm GMT
The Duke of Sussex’s memoir Spare has sparked a protest in Afghanistan after he revealed that he killed 25 Taliban during his time in the British Army.
Around 20 students staged a protest at a university in Helmand province where Harry was stationed, the AP reported.
“We condemn (Harry’s) action which is against all norms of humanity,” one protester said.
Others carried posters showing Harry’s portrait with a red “x” across it.
Sayed Ahmad Sayed, a teacher at the university, condemned Harry for his role in UK military operations in Afghanistan.
“The cruelties which have been committed by Prince Harry, his friends or by anyone else in Helmand or anywhere in Afghanistan is unacceptable, cruel,” he said.
“These acts will be remembered by history.”
In his controversial memoir, 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.
The Daily Telegraph, which obtained a Spanish language copy of the memoir from a bookshop in Spain, reported that Harry said he did not think of those he killed as “people”, but instead as “chess pieces” that had been taken off the board.
“So, my number is 25. It’s not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but nor does it embarrass me,” he wrote.
Harry has faced an onslaught of criticism in recent days since the excerpt from his memoir was leaked about the number of insurgents he killed as a helicopter pilot.
Admiral Lord West, former head of the Royal Navy, called Harry “very stupid” for giving details of his Taliban kills.
The retired admiral told the Sunday Mirror that the Invictus Games – which are due to be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, in 2023 – will have “serious security issues” because of their direct connection to Harry.
The international multi-sport event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, of which the duke is the patron, will be a prime target for those wanting revenge, Lord West said.
“The Taliban will be reading (Harry’s claims about killing fighters and) thinking there’s this prince calling us all chess pieces and is quite happy about killing us.
“And there will be a lot of people, I am sure, in Islamic State and other terrorist organisations, who will think this is something which should be avenged.”