Prince Harry has called for a Purple Heart-style medal to be given to British soldiers.
The Purple Heart is an esteemed military decoration awarded to United States soldiers who were wounded or killed while serving in the military since 1917.
According to a military source, “Prince Harry is a huge ambassador for the wounded and feels it is hard to understand why there is no recognition for the wounded.”
Prince Harry entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2005 and served in the British Army as Captain Harry Wales for 10 years, in the Blues and Royals as part of 662 Squadron, Regiment 3. He completed two tours in Afghanistan, one in 2008 which he was pulled from after the media blackout was breached, and one in 2012. He was awarded an Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan by his aunt, the Princess Royal, and became the first royal family member to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew in the Falkland War in 1982.
“The pace of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan heightened every week and field hospitals like the one in Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, worked at a furious pace,” the source continued.
“To be wounded fighting is a big deal and it would be a huge honour to receive such a medal as a symbol of gratitude from Britain and Prince Harry knows that.”
“In the past whenever the subject of a Purple Heart-style medal for British troops comes up military commanders have dismissed it as not British.”
Since his retirement from the military, the Prince has spent considerable time working on the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style sports event for wounded warriors around the wold.
The inaugural Invictus Games took place in 2014 in London, before moving to Miami, Florida in 2016, and will continue next year in Toronto, Ontario.