January 28, 2013

Now hear this: Prince Harry when off-duty

The Associated Press

LONDON — Prince Harry's off-duty time in Afghanistan appeared to be full of war movies, board games and elaborate candy trades.

Prince Harry
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In a Dec. 12, 2012, file photo, Britain's Prince Harry wears a Santa hat as he shows a media crew his sleeping area at the VHR (very high readiness) tent, close to the flight-line, at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan. During Prince Harry's 20-week deployment in Afghanistan, he served as an Apache helicopter pilot with the Army Air Corps.

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The 28-year-old helicopter pilot and fellow members of his squad swapped Kit Kats and Rice Krispies Squares for American soldiers' M&Ms, according to a British media pool report released Sunday.

Harry himself outlined one of his less-prestigious duties. The third-in-line to the U.K. throne said anyone who lost at Uckers – a military game similar to Ludo or Parcheesi – had to then wait on his comrades like a Buckingham Palace butler, ready with a fresh cup of tea whenever anyone rang their bell.

"Whoever loses ... then you have to make brews for everybody all day," Harry told journalists ahead of his return to Britain this past week.

He also denied rumors that he was far better at PlayStation than at traditional board games.

"I don't know who told you that," he told reporters. "I lost two days ago, and yesterday, so since you guys have been here, I've only lost."

Harry returned to Britain on Wednesday after a 20-week deployment in Afghanistan in which he acknowledged that he had targeted Taliban fighters from the cockpit of his Apache attack helicopter.

Asked in an earlier round of interviews whether he had killed anyone, Harry said: "Yeah, so, lots of people have." That admission disturbed some Britons and led to front-page headlines like the one in The Daily Mail that read: "Harry: I Have Killed."

This latest round of interviews, focusing on Harry's daily life at Britain's Camp Bastion military base in Afghanistan, is not likely to draw the same kind of headlines.

The report mainly carried glimpses of the prince's daily routine, including his favorite foods – chicken and broccoli – and his favorite movies – "Full Metal Jacket," ''Apocalypse Now" and "Platoon."

In an interesting twist for an Apache pilot, "Black Hawk Down," the Ridley Scott film about a helicopter raid gone wrong in Somalia, was among the movies spotted in Harry's communal tent.

 

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