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Prince Harry (His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales) is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He was born 15 September 1984 and is third in the line of succession to the thrones of 16 Realms including Australia Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

His mother died in 1997. Prince Harry, then 13 walked  with his brother, father and grandfather  behind the funeral cortège from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey .
After schools and a gap year in Australia and Lesotho, where he worked with orphaned children and produced the documentary film The Forgotten Kingdom, Prince Harry, enlisted in the Army . He was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry Regiment.

The British Ministry of Defence and Clarence House made a joint announcement on 22 February 2007 that Prince Harry would be deployed with his regiment to the front line in Iraq  and served for 77 days on the front line in the Afghan War.  

To protect his unit from excessive attention by the enemy, the Department of Defence withdrew him after his presence was revealed by an Australian magazine.
 He is to be best man at his older brother Prince William's  wedding to Kate Middleton to Kate Middleton on 29 April 2011.

In October 2008, to pass the tests to fly military helicopters and was presented with his wings by his father on 7 May 2010.

Having since passed his Apache flying test, it is reported that he may return to Afghanistan.



...sense of duty permeates...


Washington Post correspondent, Marie Cocco wrote in the ContraCostaTimes on 1 March 2007, under this telling headline: “U.S. upper class more stuck up than Britain's royalty, ” that that it takes no nostalgia for the Crown to hear the honour in Prince Harry’s vow -- and to wince at the contrast with the US much larger force in Iraq, from which, she declares, the sons and daughters of the American well-heeled and the well-known are largely absent. 

She says this sense of duty in the Royal Family is no new thing.  Older generations remember it in the Second World War, when The King and The Queen, as well as the Royal Family, stayed with the people.  Prince Harry’s grandfather and his father saw distinguished service.  More recently, in the Falklands war, Prince Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew, also rode, or perhaps more correctly, flew into battle.

Prince Harry encapsulates a long standard in our Royal Family, a sense of service. This is complemented by a strong sense of charity, of helping those less fortunate than he.
 
 

 



Princes William and Harry in Africa Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 June 2010
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Thursday, 17 June 2010

  Prince Harry  arrived in Botswana on 14 June ahead of a joint tour of southern Africa with his brother Prince William. On the next day the Princes came face to face with a massive snake and two cheetahs.


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Prince Harry to train on Apache attack helicopters Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 09 May 2010
Prince Harry has been selected to train on the Apache attack helicopter, reports  MSNBC.  He received his provisional wings from his father, Prince Charles, in a ceremony at the AAC's Army Aviation Centre at Middle Wallop, Hampshire, to mark his graduation from his Army helicopter training course. 

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 The move follows the successful completion of his Army pilots course, and he is now qualified to fly Lynx and Apache helicopters. ( See report here including videos “Valiant Prince”, 3 May 2010)

   

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Valiant Prince Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 03 May 2010

In 2008, against his will, Prince Harry was recalled from Afghanistan when his cover was blown by the Australian journal, New Idea. The military reason was obvious. His unit would have become not just a target of the enemy; every effort would have been made to take him prisoner or wipe out the unit to score a major propaganda victory against the allies, a sthe following video recalls.  (“ New Idea apologizes,” 13 March 2008;  "That leak: appalling republican allegation by media columnist in The Australian " 6 March, 2008)

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According to an announcement 30 April, 2010 the Prince has completed the competitive British helicopter course. Media reports suggest this will boost his chances of returning to active service in Afghanistan.

 

It was ironical that it was in the United States media that Prince Harry’s qualities seemed to have first been recognized. This was when the Prince was preparing to go to Iraq.  One particular example of this by  Washington Post correspondent, Marie Cocco.(“ Prince Harry: honour, duty and service,” 29 February 2008 }  





 ...an “uplifting” Royal tale...






 Ms. Cocco wrote  that a royal tale, even “more uplifting” than Dame Helen Mirren’s superb portrayal of The Queen in the film of the same name, had begun to unfold in London “just as the red carpets were being rolled out in preparation for the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.  This was that Prince Harry is marching off to war in Iraq”.

  “Having graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the equivalent of West Point, the son of Diana and Prince Charles is fulfilling, at his own insistence, a duty to serve on the battlefront with the troops he was trained to command.

 "There's no way I'm going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my a**se back home while my boys are out fighting for their country", the young prince said in a 2005 interview that has been circulated widely.”

Ms.Cocco writes that it takes no nostalgia for the Crown to hear the honour in Prince Harry's vow -- and to wince at the contrast with the US much larger force in Iraq, from which, she declared, the sons and daughters of the American well-heeled and the well-known are largely absent.

 “Like the United States, Britain has a volunteer military.  Unlike the United States, Britain has some vestige of an elite that believes in the notion of noblesse oblige.” 

A young contributing writer in the official student newspaper of Wayne State University, The South End, on 21 February 2007, agreed.

Responding to an earlier piece in which another student had written that she was "distraught" about Prince Henry going to Iraq, Mr Caswell said that rather than being distraught he was humbled. 

But unlike Ms. Cocco, who compared the Prince with the US upper classes, Mr Caswell compared him with other young men. 

“The Prince’s adolescent antics aside, he should be elevated as an example of selfless service.  He doesn’t need nor have to serve in the military, but decided to. 

Whether it is family pressure or pure devotion that made him choose his route, it is nice to see a young, wealthy person decide to do something other than drink, vomit and rally for the fourteenth party of the night.”

 

 

  ...with a heavy heart, The Queen does her duty...  



 

Ms. Cocco  was especially impressed by the fact that “England sends its prince into battle.”  She will no doubt be impressed that rather than blocking Prince Harry’s wish to go to Afghanistan, The Queen understood it and approved it, no doubt with a heavy heart.

Once again The Queen did what she always does, her duty.

This sense of duty in the Royal Family is no new thing.  Older generations remember it in the Second World War, when The King and The Queen, as well as the Royal Family, stayed with the people.  Prince Harry’s grandfather, and his father saw distinguished service.  More recently, in the Falklands war, Prince Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew, also rode, or perhaps more correctly, flew into battle.


 

.....comparing royalty with  the ruling class in a republic...






In the meantime, the Argentinean media, once they were freed as a result of the United Kingdom’s refusal to accept the invasion of the Falklands, lamented that while Argentina’s conscripts had been sent into battle, the officer class tended to stay in Buenos Aires.  

Ms.Cocco also contrasted the way US veterans are treated with that offered by the UK authorities to theirs.  While they send their princes to war, she wrote that  “…we ( Americans) are making paupers of our military families.”

 “By what turn of history”, she demands, “did a nation founded in rebellion against absolute power wielded by a coddled elite become less concerned with equal treatment and shared sacrifice than the monarchy it overthrew? 

If the American upper class were sent to battle -- or expected, by tradition, to serve -- would soldiers have shipped out to Iraq without proper body armour?  Would the Senate now be tied in a political straitjacket, with members agreeing that something must be done to change course in Iraq, but with lawmakers incapable of passing any measure to alter it?” 

 Comparing Iraq and Vietnam, she says one overriding truth separates the two conflicts: the draft.  As a consequence, only a tiny slice of American society today bears the republic’s military burden. “Because of this, our ruling class is proving itself to be more aloof than royalty”. 

Once again The Queen and the Royal Family have shown that they lead their lives guided by a high sense of duty and service. This is the standard which inspires the representatives of the Australian Crown, and those who serve the Crown.

This demonstrates once again that in our Commonwealth of Australia , only the  Crown  can provide leadership beyond politics.

It remains  indispensable to our system of governance.

 

 

 

 

 
Prince Harry in Barbados Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 01 February 2010

According to a report by Damien Hearse for UK Sky News Online (30/1), Prince Harry has shown his caring side by cuddling a baby during a visit to a Barbados hospital. In a three-day visit to Barbados, the Prince  will play in a charity polo match at the Apes Hill Polo Club on Sunday to raise money for his charity Sentebale which helps orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho.

He will be joined by Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, who is the co-founder of Sentebale, at a garden party for orphaned youngsters and vulnerable children at Barbados' national museum.

In the evening, Harry will attend a music concert in aid of the relief effort in Haiti.

Damien Hearse reports that Prince Harry founded Sentebale in 2006 with Lesotho's Prince Seeiso after spending part of his gap year in the kingdom which is located within South Africa.

More than 3,000 of Lesotho's orphans and other vulnerable youngsters have already been helped by the organisation.

Prince Harry is following a great tradition among members of our Royal Family: raising funds for the disadvantaged of this world.

 
 
Prince Harry breaches protocol; comforts bereaved Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
The second Sun Military Awards - otherwise known as the Millies - were handed out in London on 16 December at the Imperial War Museum (see "Murdoch newspaper praises Princes"). The event, an initiative of the Murdoch newspaper, The Sun, recognises the bravery of service and civilian personnel working in the Armed Forces, as well as members of the public who provide support to the services.

Here Sky News reports that Prince Harry broke with protocol to comfort the bereaved.

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The Sun in its editorial Just Like his Mum (17/11) said that with his own Afghanistan service fresh in his mind, Prince Harry knew just how "Band of Mothers" campaigner Jane Whitehouse was feeling.

As Jane wept for her lost son, Harry embraced her tenderly. It was one of many inspiring moments that made our Millies - The Sun Military Awards - such a life-enhancing evening.





 
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