Prince Harry Is Not A Racist And He Is Sorry

January 13, 2009

Prince Harry has made big news again in Britain by being a racist little prick. This time, a video has emerged from a few years ago when he was a cadet at Sandhurst (the UK’s version of West Point – as a bit of trivia, Sandhurst, West Point, and France’s Saint Cyr all opened in the same year: 1802).

“In the clip that made headlines [in Britain], Prince Harry trains the camera on officer cadets sleeping on the floor, then zooms in on one who is awake.

‘Anybody else around here?’ the prince says. ‘Ah, our little Paki friend, Ahmed.’ The reference was to Ahmed Raza Khan, now a captain in the Pakistani Army, who excelled at Sandhurst to the point that the prince’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, awarded him the Sword of Honor as best foreign cadet of the year.

The tape also includes a sequence in which Prince Harry spots another cadet with camouflage netting over his helmet during a night exercise and says, ‘It’s Dan the man.’ After an expletive, he adds, ‘you look like a raghead’ — a derogatory term used usually to refer to Arabs. A royal spokesman said the prince had used it as British soldiers commonly do in Afghanistan and Iraq, as an epithet for insurgents.”

“Paki” is a British racial slur used as a catch-all term for South Asians.

He’s sorry, though.

“A royal spokesman on Sunday, conveying the prince’s apology, said of the ‘Paki’ remark that he ‘fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offense his words might cause.’

The spokesman added: ‘However, on this occasion three years ago, Prince Harry used the term without any malice and as a nickname about a highly popular member of his platoon. There is no question that Prince Harry was in any way seeking to insult his friend.'”

This is the same prince, by the way, who went to a costume party a few years back dressed as a Nazi officer wearing an “apparently home-made red swastika on the left arm of a military-style shirt.” The theme of the costume party, by the way, was “Colonials and Natives,” which, as the Times of London pointed out, “caused further embarrassment…[as] it contained uncomfortable echoes of the row involving Princess Michael of Kent, after she caused uproar in an upmarket New York restaurant last April. Having taken exception to the noise levels generated by a group of black diners she was accused of telling them, after an altercation to ‘go back to the colonies.'”

Prince Harry was sorry for dressing up like a Nazi, too.

So to recap:

Harry is a prince (the problem kind of begins and ends there, doesn’t it?). There’s also someone named Princess Michael of Kent, who apparently has gender issues and thinks black people come from colonies. The princes and princesses and whatnot apparently have trouble always keeping their racist ideas and Nazi sympathies to themselves, but fortunately they have a coterie of babysitters and handlers to run interference with the press and apologize for them. Also, Harry is good at arts and crafts and made a swastika armband all by himself. And he has a tendency to nickname his dearest friends with racist terms, but without any malice whatsoever. Because he is a prince.

Oh, and American politics and society is uniquely uncultured and embarrassing.

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