Saturday, March 01, 2008
I'm not a fan of Harry as a human being. Some of his antics at home in the UK have been downright childish, especially given the life of privilege into which he was born. But in thinking about his recently terminated deployment to Afghanistan, I realised you have to respect what's happened here (no, not what Matt Drudge did). In the two major wars being waged in the region - Iraq and Afghanistan - you'll be hard pressed to find any sons or daughters of an elected official in this country fighting or working. I've never heard of any to be honest, and that's why this is such an important story - Harry is the grandson of the Head of State, the son of the most popular woman in the history of the country and third in line to the throne. That he and his family do not consider him above such duty says more about him and them than most people give them credit for.
I don't envy him the position he's now in, now his tour has been exposed and terminated. But in this at least, there's honour in what he'd been doing. In becoming a much higher profile target for Al Qaeda and friends than he already was, he's shown leadership which belies his years, which I hope he gets the chance to build on.