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Prince Harry: Modern Royal & Modern Soldier
Captain Harry Wales - a modern royal and a modern soldier
Just as his mother Diana was known as 'the people's princess' then her son is referred to as 'the people's prince' because to many people it seems that Prince Harry has become one of, if not the, most popular member of today's modern royal family.
Action man - a family of action men
In the 1970s Harry's father Charles was known as 'action man'. He flew helicopters and fighter jets in the air force. He commanded warships. His favorite sport was polo.(He still bears a scar on his cheek from a polo accident). Harry's uncle, Prince Andrew saw active service as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands War, Brother William is also a helicopter pilot. It was an almost inevitable choice for Harry too.
Serving in Afghanistan
In his role as Captain Wales, he has fought and commanded troops in current war zones. Although the government and the general public were wary about an heir to the throne, and grandson, of Queen Elizabeth performing active duty, Harry was adamant. See the photo section below for his typically blunt and forthright quote.
A good bloke
This book has been compiled thanks to a series of interviews with his fellow-soldiers, his friends (including girlfriends) and the people who know him best as 'just a bloke' and not a member of the royal family. This includes the people he caroused with in West End nightclubs and at private - and not so private - parties. Yes, he enjoys life just as any other serving soldier does when on leave. And yet, he is a thoughtful man, dedicated to his family and his country.
There are several interesting videos featuring the prince and yet I decided to choose just one. It is well worth watching. It starts with a short sequence where Harry shows the cameras his quarters in Afghanistan. The scene then shifts to the outdoors where Harry is seated giving an interview (about thirty seconds into the video).
As you will see, suddenly there are pilots running in the background. Instantly alert, the prince removed the wires (which were presumably about his person to power a microphone), and leaps into action with his colleagues. That's impressive.
In the next scene, he shows the camera crew his helicopter and includes a demonstration of how pilots deal with the issue of needing a pee!
This video was produced to commemorate Harry's thirtieth birthday on 15th September 2014.
It shows how Harry was interested in the military from a very early age.It also shows how mischievous he could be a boy. (And probably still is).
When they were teenagers, his brother William was seen as being the heartthrob of the family. Now that William is a married father, balding and bespectacled, it's Harry who has turned into a complete hearthrob. (William is beginning to remind me more and more of Prince Albert of Monaco).
There are also several very frank interviews with him regarding his deployment to Afghanistan. Everyone concerned and everyone who knows him and has served with him tells about how conscientious is is regarding his job.Other soldiers say that he was definitely one of them and an absolutely normal bloke.
An interesting part of the video is the agreement that was arrived at by the press when Harry was deployed overseas.
Harry's time in Afghanistan was much more than merely a prince 'playing soldier' - he saw plenty of active service but eventually it was simply too dangerous - not just to him but to his colleagues too - to keep him there.
Since that time though, he has played an active and major part in charities and sports initiatives for wounded soldiers.
Have you ever noticed just how well Harry gets on with children and how much kids like him? That too can be seen on the video.
I'm a little surprised that there is a suggestion that it was his mother Diana who was responsible for Harry's appeal today. Harry became the person he is despite the knowledge that his mother had washed her dirty linen in public and proclaimed in print and on television that she had had affairs.
Take a look at the fascinating video below.
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The current generation of the royal family are the beginning of a new era. Now that William and Catherine have their son George, and with more royal babies expected in the near future, we are entering a fascinating period in history.
© 2013 Jackie Jackson