Morning Edition, February 29, 2008 · The British Ministry of Defense confirmed Thursday that Prince Harry has been secretly serving in Afghanistan as a combat soldier for two and a half months. The British media had known about his deployment and never said a word. Michael Evans, defense editor for the Times of London, talks to Renee Montagne about Prince Harry's secret deployment, which was made public by the Drudge Report.
Has anyone else followed this story? I guess Prince Harry wanted to serve in either Afghanistan or Iraq and was assigned to a dangerous province in Afghanistan over the Christmas holiday. The British press agreed to keep his assignment and location secret, both for his protection as well as the protection of the men with which he was serving. From the few interviews that I have heard this morning with Harry, he comes across as quite a humble man, wanting to offer his service and have an experience like other English soldiers -- not bathing for days, dirty clothes, etc.
Well, I guess the Drudge Report "broke" where he was serving and with whom, and now Harry has to essentially be evacuated for, again, his and his company's safety. While I am all about freedom of speech, I do not know what this reporting serves. Why break this understood agreement? To what point? It just irks me, as I am convinced Harry actually wanted to do his time in a dangerous location and now that is for naught.