Prince Harry In Jamaica
March 8, 2012 by staff
Prince Harry In Jamaica, Prince Harry yesterday scaled down a military exercise in Jamaica out of respect for the families of servicemen killed in the worst land attack the British Army has ever suffered in Afghanistan.
The prince, who recently qualified as an Apache attack helicopter pilot with the Army Air Corps and hopes to be deployed to the front line himself later this year, had been due to abseil down a rappel tower with the Jamaican Defence Force at Up Park Camp, Kingston.
A sombre looking Harry, 27, did, however, take part in a live firing exercise during his visit – and more than proved his metal – although the engagement had a very different feel to the more lively events of recent days.
A St. James’s Palace spokesman said: ‘His Royal Highness will now just watch the action at the rappel tower rather than take part. The reason being, Prince Harry does not wish to take part in a military activity which would be deemed peripheral to an Apache pilot, on this day when the focus for the British army should be on its core professional roles and of looking after the bereaved of those tragically killed in Afghanistan.’
Dressed in desert combats and boots with his sky blue Army Air Corps beret, the prince donned protective chest armour and a helmet before picking up a standard issue M4 rifle.
Harry, who makes no secret of his distaste for photographers, provoked gales of laughter when he asked loudly whether ‘anyone with a camera wants to stand the other end’, and gestured towards the targets at the other end of the range.
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