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Prince Harry 'Sorry' For Racist Insult
Breaking News12:25am UK, Sunday January 11, 2009
Prince Harry has been embroiled in a fresh race row after a video showing him using racist insults was obtained by The News Of The World.
The newspaper reports that the tape was made by the third in line to the throne during his Army training.
It says the prince is heard calling one Asian trainee "our little Paki friend".
The newspaper reported that the videotape was shot by the prince as he was about to embark on training as a combat helicopter pilot in an airport for their flight to Cyprus.
Panning around the floor, over his bored or sleeping fellow trainees, he says: "This is luxury. And here is our first example of possibly how to admin yourself (meaning take care of yourself and your kit) in the terminal awaiting the RAF."
Focusing on his colleagues, Harry comments "Now that is bad admin, bad admin" before it tracking over and zooming in on an Asian cadet yards away.
"Anybody else around here?" he asks. "Ah, our little Paki friend... Ahmed."
In a separate incident, the 24-year-old is heard calling another officer cadet who is jokingly wearing a veil on his head a "f***ing raghead".
Prince Harry used the term without any malice and as a nickname about a highly popular member of his platoon.
Statement from Clarence House
The video, shot in 2006, also shows the Prince joking about his grandmother the Queen - who is Commander in Chief of the British Army - in front of other cadets.
With his Army friends watching on, he is filmed making a joke call to her, saying: "Granny I've got to go, got to go, send my love to the Corgis and Grandpa."
He signs off by saying in front of them: "I've got to go, got to go, bye. God Save You... yeah, that's great."
Referring to the use of the word "Paki", a statement from Clarence House said: "Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be - and is extremely sorry for any offence his words might cause.
"However, 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."
It added that he was using the term "raghead" to mean "Taliban" or "Iraqi insurgent".
Harry In Hot Water
This is not the first time that Prince Harry has been forced to apologise for a lapse of judgment.
:: As a teenager, he had to attend a drug rehabilitation centre after allegedly smoking cannabis and drinking under age.
:: In 2004, his former Eton art teacher said she had helped him cheat in his A-level course - a claim for which the exam board said there was no evidence.
:: Two weeks after the controversy, he was pictured scuffling with a photographer outside the Pangaea nightclub in central London.
:: In 2005, he had to say sorry after being snapped at a fancy dress party wearing a swastika armband and Nazi uniform.
Inayat Bungawala, of the Muslim Council of Great Britain, told Sky News that the remarks were "very, very disappointing".
"Many Muslims will be very disappointed that someone like that has used this kind of language and he really neeeds to come out with a clear statement distancing himself from this," he said.
A senior Ministry of Defence (MoD) official told Sky News: "This sort of language is not acceptable in the modern army."
A spokesman for the Equality and Human Rights Commission said it would investigate.
The spokesman said: "These appear to be disturbing allegations and we will be asking the MoD to see the evidence, share their investigation with us and their plans for dealing with it."
The commission has been working with the MoD to deal with racism in the armed forces.
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