Earlier this month, Lance Corporal James Wharton, of the household cavalry regiment, told of his time spent with Prince Harry on the front-line in Helmand province, where he was subject to homophobic attacks.
Trooper Wharton, who was the first openly homosexual solider to appear on the cover of the Armed Forces magazine in 2009, fled the attack in search of Harry, who at the time was his tank commander. After Harry had been informed of the attack he immediately went to sort the situation out.
The Prince went on to confront the tormenters and apparently ‘didn’t hold back’ telling them that if the violent attacks continued there would be severe consequences.
Full details of the incident have been published in Wharton’s new book, Out In The Army, where he also goes on to describe his time with the Prince in more depth and exposes some of their private conversations. He went on to explain his reasons for doing so saying: “For me, the four weeks I spent with the Prince was the highlight. I would be doing myself down if I had pretended it didn’t happen.”
However he now appears to have had a change of heart on disclosing information in regards to Harry, telling The Times: “I am sending over a courtesy note. I decided that I ought to say ‘Sorry’ in a way, I guess. I don’t know. I’m not sorry.”
It is still unknown what Harry’s feelings are towards these events coming to light, however he has received nothing but praise for his efforts in protecting his fellow soldiers in a modern day Britain.
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