Muslim leader issues public apology for calling Prince Harry ”a thug”

January 14th, 2009 - 1:07 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Jan 14 (ANI): A Muslim leader in Britain has made a public apology for accusing Prince Harry of being a thug.

A video footage taken in 2006 sees Prince Harry with his fellow military cadets. He is heard to refer to one as “our little Paki friend,” a derogatory term referring to the Pakistanis.

The video sparked a public outrage, claiming the Prince, who once donned a Nazi military costume at a party in 2005, is racist.

While the Royal has already apologised for his comment, Mohammed Shafiq, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim youth organisation, regretted his own choice of language in an apology on January 13.

On reflection, I wish to issue a sincere and unreserved apology to Prince Harry for any offence I have caused him, The Telegraph quoted him as saying.

The 29-year-old leader called Harry a thug in an appearance on television, but has now admitted to being at fault.

I recognise that when we make mistakes we should be honourable and decent to accept them and I hope that this apology is accepted in that way. I never intended to offend Prince Harry, he said.

He added: I am, however, still of the view that the use of the term ”Paki” is unacceptable in the 21st century and I welcome Prince Harry’’s acceptance that this word is racist and offensive. I know he is a very talented individual and has a bright future ahead of him and hope we all learn lessons from this sorry episode. (ANI)

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