Harry asks disabled Afghan war comrade to join him on New York dream trip

May 27th, 2009 - 6:40 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban London, May 27 (ANI): Britain’s Prince Harry has asked a disabled Afghan war comrade to join him on a dream trip to New York.

Marine Joe Townsend, who lost both legs in a blast, will fly out with the prince when he makes his first official foreign visit this weekend.

The 21-year-old commando was maimed when he stepped on a Taliban anti-tank mine 15 months ago, The Sun reports.

At the time, Harry, 24, was commanding his Household Cavalry troops 20 miles away in Helmand in Afghanistan.

The marine, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, will even be guest of honour at the New York Mets baseball team’s game against the Florida Marlins on Saturday.

New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon on Harry’s suggestion, is bankrolling Joe’s trip. Also going on the visit to care for Joe is his mother Debi Hawkins.

The trip will be a boost for Joe after he had to pull out of a ‘Help for Heroes’ bike ride in France this week on medical grounds.

“Joe is really looking forward to the trip. He had no idea the prince knew about him. It’s so nice,” Debi said. (ANI)

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