Thursday, February 28, 2008

Prince Harry heading back home

Prince HarryPrince Harry is heading back home -- and is already on a plane out of Afghanistan, a source has said.

"He has left the base and is en route to another location," the source said.

The 23-year-old, a second lieutenant in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry, and third in line to the throne, has spent the last 10 weeks in the lawless Helmand province of the war-torn country.

"We will not comment on the whereabouts of Prince Harry," a Ministry of Defense spokesperson said.

Defense Secretary Des Browne said in a statement, "I am delighted that Prince Harry has had the opportunity to serve on operations in Afghanistan with his Battlegroup.

"In common with all the other British soldiers in Afghanistan he has done so with courage and distinction. We can be proud of him and all his fellow soldiers - we owe them all a great deal.

"The British media have shown great restraint in not reporting his deployment and I would like to thank them for doing so.

"It is however a great pity that the news has now been broken by media overseas."

There was a worldwide embargo on Harry's deployment -- but the news was widely reported after an item on the Drudge Report.

By Owen Williams, Feb 28 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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