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British Army probes Harry's 'racist' remarks

Source: PTI
January 12, 2009 17:37 IST
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Prince Harry is being probed by the British Army for the 'racist' remarks he had made three years ago against two of his colleagues, calling one of them a 'Paki' and the other a 'raghead'.

While the third-in-line to the British throne has publicly apologised for the remarks, the Army has launched an investigation into the issue, vowing to deal with the matter in line with 'normal Army procedures'.

'The Army does not tolerate inappropriate behaviour in any shape or form,' a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence was quoted by The Daily Telegraph as saying.

Even though the young Pakistani officer has not made a formal complaint, the publication of the tape, in which Harry was filmed making the 'racist' remarks, forced the Household Cavalry to begin an investigation within the chain of command.

But, it is understood that Harry, an Army Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals division, is very much unlikely to face formal charges and could escape with a little more than a 'dressing down' from his current Commanding Officer, the British daily said.

'Paki' is a derogatory term for Indians and Pakistanis. The Prince had made the remark in 2006 at an airport departure lounge as soldiers waited to travel to Cyprus for training.

And, the 24-year-old made the second remark in Cyprus when he called another cadet, wearing a headscarf, a 'raghead', which is a racist term for Arabs.

When contacted, Clarence House said that Prince Harry 'fully understands' how offensive the term he used was but it said that it had been 'without malice'.

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