Prince Harry under fire for racist ”Paki” jibe video

January 11th, 2009 - 11:58 am ICT by ANI  

London, January 11 (ANI): Prince Harry has sparked fury after a home video containing his racist remarks against fellow comrades emerged.

The third in line to the throne, who is honing his flying skills to become a pilot of the meanest attack machine in the British Army, was said to have invited trouble as he called an Asian officer our little Paki friend.

The royal, in a light-hearted manner, apparently told another cadet, who was wearing a camouflage veil off duty, F*** me, you look like a raghead a nasty term to refer to an Arab.

It was alleged that Harry further went on to poke fun at the Queen as he enacted a mobile conversation while other cadets sat in the audience.

Send my love to the corgis. Ive got to go, got to go, bye. God Save You . . . yeah, thats great, News of the World quoted him as saying.

The 24-year-old also gagged about his pubic hair with one of the squad while giving orders about a forthcoming exercise in the 2006 video diary - just a year after Harry apologised for wearing a Nazi swastika at a fancy dress party.

While Clarence House issued a statement apologising for Harrys behaviour, adding, there is no question that he was in any way seeking to insult his friend, the offensive commentary has evoked serious response.

The Ministry of Defence spokesman said: This sort of language is not acceptable in a modern army.

The Army takes all allegations of inappropriate behaviour very seriously and all substantive allegations are investigated.

And a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Great Britain said: It beggars belief that Prince Harry did not realise just how crude and offensive such a remark is.

The army is looking to recruit from minority communities and this kind of remark will not help the impression that the army is one of the last refuges of prejudice towards minorities.

Tory MP and former army officer Patrick Mercer added: Whatever the context, this fine young officer has made a serious error of judgement that will cause great offence.

It is unforgivable. (ANI)

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