Last night Prince Harry humbly apologized for using racist remarks and mocking his grandmother the Queen. The incidents took place in 2006 while Harry was training to be an officer.
A video was captured of the prince showing him to utter some racist comments about an Asian army colleague. Prince harry referred to the colleague as “our little Paki friend.” Another member of the group was said to look like a “raghead.”
Last night came a statement from Clarence House. Times Online quotes the aide of Clarence House:
“Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offence his words might cause.”
“On this occasion three years ago, Prince Harry used the term without any malice and as a nickname about a highly popular member of his platoon.
“There is no question that Prince Harry was in any way seeking to insult his friend.”
The footage was filmed in Cyprus just a year after Prince Harry has dressed up at a party as a Nazi soldier. That incident also saw the young man apologizing for his actions.
Harry was the one who was behind the camera this time around. As he panned the departure hall of the airport he is heard to be saying, “Anybody else around here? Ah, our little Paki friend, Ahmed.” The second comment was made while filming a night exercise. One of his fellow troop members was wearing camouflage headwear, “It’s Dan the Man,” says Harry. “F*** me you look like a raghead. Look at me, look at me.”
Harry is also observed smoking cigarettes in the video diary. Harry also shows his sense of humour with a playful bit with his friends on ending a call with his grandmum, The Queen. “I’ve got to go, got to go. Send my love to the corgis. Send my love to the corgis and grandpa.” He then adds: “God Save You . . .”
The Ministry of Defence’s spokeswoman said that they were not aware of any complaint being made by the individuals involved. They do not tolerate inappropriate behaviour.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission said that they will be asking the Ministry to look into the matter and state their plans for dealing with it.