‘Frustrated’ Prince Harry threatens to quit army if not sent to Afghanistan

November 14th, 2007 - 10:28 am ICT by admin  

Harry is said to have been pondering over pursuing his charity work and go back to Africa if he would have to continue as a “troop leader without a troop.”

The decision was apparently taken after military bosses refused to send him to Afghanistan citing security reasons.

“Harry has said he is at rock bottom,” the Daily Mail quoted a close friend, as saying.

“He is upset, angry and frustrated and feels completely redundant. He is basically doing nothing.

“It’s been very disheartening for him to be kept at home twice while his men have been sent away to soldier. He has said he is a troop leader without a troop.

“Now A, B and C squadrons have all been sent abroad and Harry has been left at home with nothing to do.

“Frequently he has been the only Household Cavalry lieutenant in camp over the past six months.

“He is determined not to be a quitter, but he has spoken to his father about his feelings and has said he is not prepared to be a redundant soldier for another year.

“The MoD is going to have to figure something out. If they don’t, Harry has said he will think about pursuing his charity work and go back to Africa. He is desperate to do something that will give him a sense of purpose,” said the friend.

The 23-year-old royal, a second lieutenant in the Household Cavalry, had been told there was a chance he could be posted to Afghanistan last month with C squadron, but he was banned from going just weeks before the troops departed, the daily reported.

The last-minute intervention was the second major blow for the Prince who was banned from going to Iraq with the Blues and Royals in May over fears he would be a terrorist target.

Meanwhile, a Ministry of Defence spokesman said that the ministry “never discuss Harry’s location or future employment.”

“We do not discuss Prince Harry’s military commitments. He remains committed to his Army career,” said a Clarence House spokesman. (ANI)

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