Prince Harry served in the army for 10 years, rising to the rank of Captain and undertaking two tours of Afghanistan. But a documentary in celebration of the Duke’s 35th birthday reveals army chiefs feared deploying the senior royal, who was third in line to the throne at the time, due to concerns for his and his fellow officer’s safety. Prince Harry didn’t take kindly to the news he might not serve abroad, and in the documentary General Richard Dannatt reveals the foul-mouthed language the Duke used in response.
Lord Dannatt, said the army officer’s first tried to deploy Harry to Iraq in 2007 but due to high media speculation and safety concerns, the military decided against sending him.
The retired senior British Army officer said the decision was met with great frustration and anger by the Duke.
Lord Dannatt said: “I think he came up with the famous line: ‘I haven’t dragged my sorry *** through Sandhurst for a year not to be allowed to go on operations.’”
He explained why the decision was taken: “Unfortunately, the media speculated so incessantly and so accurately, and by about the time we had to take a final decision of whether we should deploy him or not they had worked out where he’d be, what his unit would be doing, what sort of vehicle he’d be driving and what he’d be wearing.
Prince Harry undertook two tours to Afghanistan during his time in the military (Image: Getty)
Prince Harry served in the army for 10 years, rising to the rank of Captain (Image: Getty)
“And, at the same time the situation in the Al-Hammar Province in Iraq had deteriorated to the point where we felt it was a responsible risk to send him.
“And it wasn’t so much the concern for his safety but the increased risk that his presence created for those around him.”
As a result of the failed attempt to send him to Iraq, Lord Dannatt struck a deal with the media to limit reporting of his deployment until after he returned to home soil.
In return for