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'Stupid thing to announce': Internet reacts as Prince Harry reveals he killed '25 Taliban fighters'

Talking about those who were killed, Prince Harry wrote that he did not think of them 'as people' but instead as 'chess pieces'
Prince Harry's memoir, 'Spare,' will be released globally on January 10 (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Prince Harry's memoir, 'Spare,' will be released globally on January 10 (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In his leaked autobiography, provocatively titled 'Spare', Prince Harry reveals several instances from his life that are reportedly controversial and sensational in their contents. Known as 'Captain Wales' in the military, he revealed in his autobiography that during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, he killed 25 Taliban fighters.

Talking about those who were killed, Harry wrote that he did not think of them "as people" but instead as "chess pieces" he had taken off the game board. "Not a fact that filled me with satisfaction, but I was not ashamed either," said the Duke of Sussex who flew an Apache attack helicopter during the tour. The 38-year-old has been to Afghanistan from 2007-2008 and in 2012. In his memoir, he revealed the number of fighters he killed during the second tour and also said that the six missions he flew led to the "taking of human lives" in his leaked autobiography, according to Daily Mail. The memoir has accidentally gone on sale in Spain before its release date on January 10.


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A preorder bestseller, the memoir revealed the exact numbers of insurgents Harry personally killed while many soldiers do not know the count of enemies they have killed in fights. He explained that "in the era of Apaches and laptops" he was able to say "with exactness" the number of fighters he killed.

"And it seemed to me essential not to be afraid of that number. So my number is 25. It's not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but nor does it embarrass me," wrote Harry who also mentioned that "you can't kill people if you see them as people" and instead he saw them as "chess pieces removed from the board'... 'bad guys eliminated'."

Prince Harry's memoir, 'Spare,' will be released globally on January 10 (Twitter/@scobie)

Reacting to Harry's claims, one user tweeted: "I killed 25 Taliban fighters and thought of them as chess pieces" -Prince Harry "I killed 25 Taliban fighters, while playing Call of Duty, and thought of them as chess pieces" -Prince Harry Fixed it~" while another wrote: "Another stupid thing to announce." Following his latest accusations against his brother Prince Williams, a user tweeted: "But he let his brother throw him to the ground and injure him? I love him, I do, but that just seems, odd. Unless he was hesitant to raise a fist to his own brother."




Highlighting security concerns after his controversial statement from the leaked memoir, a Twitter user wrote: "No wonder #PrinceHarry is concerned about security for his family. Boasting about killing 25 Taliban? Who the heck is guiding this lost soul that he make this public knowledge?."

One user wrote: "Prince Harry has revealed in his book 'Spare' he killed 25 Taliban fighters. For a bloke that's had the very best education he really is very stupid for the sake of making money to revel such things. He's just put an even bigger target on his back and his family," while another wrote: "Prince Harry admitting to killing 25 Taliban when his Royal security is no more. Damn H that was foolish. Think it’s time to reign it in bc this reveal could be the biggest regret yet. #SparebyPrinceHarry."




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