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Prince William should be allowed to fly in Afghanistan: Harry

- January 21st, 2013
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Prince William in a Sea King helicopter. (PHOTO: John Stillwell/AFP)

Prince William is envious that his brother gets to fight in Afghanistan, Prince Harry says.

“I think there is a bit of jealousy, not just the fact that I get to fly this, but obviously he’d love to be out here. And to be honest with you, I don’t see why he couldn’t,” Harry told the Telegraph.

He said his brother, who currently works as a search and rescue pilot, could fly helicopters to pick up wounded soldiers.

“His job out here would be flying the IRT (immediate response team), or whatever, doing Chinook missions. Just the same as us. No one knows who’s in the cockpit,” he told reporter Gordon Rayner.

“Yes, you get shot at. But if the guys who are doing the same job as us are being shot at on the ground, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with us being shot at as well.

“People back home will have issues with that, but we’re not special. The guys out there are. Simple as that.”

Prince William isn’t permitted to take part in the fighting in Afghanistan – or any active service – because it’s considered too dangerous for the future king.

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