Kensington Palace have released a rebuttal statement which categorically denies a story published in The Sun newspaper claiming Prince Harry was against the prosecution of soldiers.
In the strongly worded statement, the Palace say that the Prince “think’s it’s only fair that people know the facts” of the story.
The article published in Monday’s edition of the British tabloid claims that Harry told friends he was against the prosecution of solders.
The statement in full reads:
“The Sun front page carries a story claiming Prince Harry had told ‘pals’ that he had strong views about a government policy issue around prosecution of soldiers.
“Prince Harry is passionate about work to support veterans and it will be a
cause he champions for the rest of his life. He will always have been proud to have worn an Army uniform and knows first-hand the sacrifices servicemen and women make to protect their country.”
“Prince Harry was painted positively by the paper in this story, but think’s it’s only fair that people know the facts. He has not expresses views on the topic to anyone and he does not believe it would have been appropriate for a member of The Royal Family to have done so. This was very clearly communicated to The Sun prior to publication. Prince Harry does not comment on issues like this because to do so would actually undermine his ability to support veterans both in the UK and overseas.”
The paper, who were contacted by Kensington Palace prior to the story being printed, claim that the Prince said it was ‘a joke’ British soldiers can be charged for war crimes.
It is extremely rare for Kensington Palace to release a statement of this nature and The Sun have yet to respond.