The Word: Prince Harry defended a gay soldier against homophobes

As part of Prince Harry's military service, he was deployed to Afghanistan.
As part of Prince Harry’s military service, he was deployed to Afghanistan.

When Prince Harry served in Afghanistan, he didn’t just fight al Qaeda; he also fought for his comrades’ rights and personal safety.

According to E! Online, a new memoir from British Lance Corporal James Wharton details how the prince defended him from homophobic attacks when they served together in Afghanistan in 2008. Wharton, who is openly gay, confessed to Harry that six of their comrades had threatened to assault him because  of his sexuality.

“I told him: ‘I think I’m about to be murdered by the infantry,’” Wharton says in his upcoming memoir, “Out in the Army.” “I climbed into the turret and talked Harry through exactly what had happened. He had a complete look of bewilderment on his face. I didn’t hold back: I told him everything that had gone on. I couldn’t stop the tears from welling up in my eyes.”

Wharton says Harry immediately climbed out of the tank and confronted the would-be attackers. He came back 10 minutes later and told Wharton that everything was sorted out.

Also sorted out: How much I love Harry after hearing that story. (A lot.)


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