Thursday, June 18, 2009

The military Princes

Interesting article out of London (The England London, of course!):

Prince William and Prince Harry
Prince William has spoken of his desire to follow his brother Harry and fight on the front line

Prince William wants frontline duty

Sri Carmichael

Princes William and Harry spoke passionately today about their desire to serve their country in the armed forces - with the older royal hinting he would like to follow in his sibling's footsteps and fight on the front line.

The royal brothers made their comments as they held a photocall for the world's media to update them on the progress of their training to become military flyers.

William, 26, is well on the way to becoming an RAF search and rescue pilot while Harry, 24, is six months into a course to become an Army helicopter pilot.

Harry served for 10 weeks in Afghanistan last year and his elder brother hinted that he wished to emulate his achievement.

When asked if he thought an operational role was an impossibility, he replied: "In my mind, of course, you talk to everyone else and it's impossible. I still remain hopeful there's a chance."

William discussed his thoughts about serving in the Armed Forces, saying that he did not want to be mollycoddled.

He added: "I think as a future leader of the Armed Forces, it's really important you at least get the opportunity to be credible and to do the job I signed up for, as best I can. That's all I want to do.... [emphasis mine]

Read the rest here at the Evening Standard.

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