Sun Feb 3, 2013 8:30AM
British anti-war campaign group the Stop the War Coalition (StWC) said last month that the British Queen’s grandson Prince Harry is “arrogant”, “crass” and “insensitive”. That was after he posed about killing Taliban members in Afghanistan but a look at the 28-year-old’s record shows the royal has proved himself worthy of even more such compliments. The StWC tirade came after Harry claimed that he killed insurgents in Afghanistan during his 20-week deployment as a hobby like in a computer game, saying “take a life to save a life. That’s what we revolve around, I suppose.” However, the anti-war group’s convener Lindsay German questioned his pose asking how he could know that those he had killed were actually members of the Taliban. The boastful remarks by the third in line to the British throne also earned him an attack from Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who told The Telegraph that the prince is a “jackal” who was drunk while hunting innocent Afghans. "The British prince comes to Afghanistan to kill innocent Afghans while he is drunk," Hekmatyar said. "But he does not understand this simple fact that the hunting of Afghan lions and eagles is not that easy! Jackals cannot hunt lions,” he added. Hekmatyar’s description of Harry as a drunken jackal was not much wide of the mark as the young royal has exposed himself as a drunkard more than a few times while managing to earn the title of the royal wild child in the early 2,000s. Back in August, photos of a drunken Harry posing completely naked with a nude woman in a VIP suite in Las Vegas went viral on the internet. The shots, described by royal author Robert Jobson as “embarrassing” to the British Queen, were apparently taken when Harry was taking a break from his training as an army Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan. Harry joined the British forces in Afghanistan five years ago and took up official functions including standing in for the Queen during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics to shed the image of the royal wild child, but it sounds as if in vain. The prince was named by The Sun as “Harry the Nazi” in 2005 after he showed up at a party wearing a Nazi armband complete with swastika. Just before the incident, Harry had ended up fainted on the streets of Buenos Aires due to heavy drinking. Meanwhile, the British royal was sent to a drugs rehabilitation clinic after he admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol in 2002, when he was just 16, that was influential in his earning of the “wild Harry” label. Now, one would like to ask whether the young prince has shed that image, especially after other royals sent him to Afghanistan to repair the damages of the nude photos in Vegas, a mission that led to yet another scandal. AMR/HE