Prince Harry on the Front Line
Posted on Feb 28, 2008
A critique often leveled at those who wage wars is that they don’t belong to the class of citizens whose children go to fight them. Not so in the case of England’s royals, as 23-year-old Prince Harry has been fighting (albeit by choice) on the front line in Afghanistan, giving him the chance, he says, to be “a normal person for once.”
Prince Harry - a member of the Household Cavalry - has been based in a former madrassa along with a Gurkha regiment, in southern Helmand.
He is acting as a tactical air controller - calling up allied air cover in support of ground forces.
He also goes out on foot patrols.
In an interview while in the Afghan province, Harry talked about life as a soldier on the front line.
“I haven’t really had a shower for four days, I haven’t washed my clothes for a week.
“It’s very nice to be sort of a normal person for once, I think it’s about as normal as I’m going to get.