Just as Prince Harry is settling into Afghanistan, where he will be serving as a helicopter pilot, a threat against him from the Taliban has been made public.
“We are using all our strength to get rid of him, either by killing or kidnapping,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told Reuters by phone from an undisclosed location.
“We have informed our commanders in Helmand to do whatever they can to eliminate him,” Mujahid added, declining to go into detail on what he called the “Harry operations”.
In 2008 Captain Wales (as Harry is known) also served in Afghanistan, but his tour was cut short after a media blackout designed to keep him safe was compromised.
In this case, many are wondering whether Captain Wales, as third in line for the crown, should even be serving in a combat zone in the first place. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen made clear that he felt Captain Wales was safe.
“That’s not a matter of concern,” Rasmussen told a news conference in Brussels on Monday. “I mean, we do everything we can to protect all our troops deployed to Afghanistan whatever might be their personal background.”
What do you think of Prince Harry’s service and the threat made against him?
Should he be pulled from service for his own safety, or safety of others? Or is the Secretary-General correct that Captain Wales is just another soldier in a war, and as safe as he can be in combat?