Prince Harry crowed about Taliban kill count to boost his security at UK taxpayers' expense, expert says

Prince Harry crowed about Taliban kill count to boost his security at UK taxpayers' expense, expert says
Prince Harry has been accused of boasting about killing 25 Taliban fighters to gain more UK taxpayer-funded security (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Prince Harry has reportedly been accused of deliberately claiming he killed 25 Taliban fighters in order to secure extra security at the UK taxpayers' expense.

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The Duke of Sussex, 38, in his memoir ‘Spare’, revealed that he killed 25 Taliban fighters during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. “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," Harry claimed in the book. He also noted that he did not see the his victims as real "people" but rather as "chess pieces removed from the board."

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Harry’s explosive revelations have sparked a ferocious response from army officials, with many suggesting that Harry may have thought describing his heroics during his two tours in Afghanistan would help his case. Harry is currently warring with the Home Office over his security detail in the UK.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 06  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala at New York Hilton on December 06, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala at New York Hilton on December 6, 2022 in New York City (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala)

Reflecting on Harry’s claims, Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society think tank, claimed that Harry purposely included the incendiary remarks to push for more security for him and his family. "Prince Harry’s claims about the number of Taliban he may have killed - whether true or not - seem calculated to achieve just one objective: to secure extra security for himself at the UK taxpayer’s expense,” Dr Mendoza told The Sun. Specializing in defense, terror and extremism, he added, "In truth, he is no more or less of a target than before. All he has succeeded in doing is to allow a despicable regime a free PR hit in response to his poorly framed comments."

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Prince Harry made a number of bombshell claims in his upcoming memoir 'Spare' (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Previously, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams also suggested that Harry’s revelations could be seen as a calculated attempt "to get the security he feels he needs when he visits Britain."

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"It occurred to me that he might be using this highly unusual admission to pressurize the Home Office into granting him what he wants, either to pay for round-the-clock police protection when he is here, or, alternatively, to be favorably assessed for taxpayer-funded security which he lost when he and Meghan stepped down as senior working royals," Fitzwilliams told Daily Mail, adding, "He is challenging the Home Office in court on this issue at the moment, the level of threat is assessed by the Executive Committee for Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec), which falls under the Home Office."

A remembrance poppy adorns the uniform of Prince Harry as he joins British troops and service personal remaining in Afghanistan and also International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel and civilians as they gather for a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield November 9, 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. As the UK combat mission in Afghanistan draws to an end in 2014 this year, which also marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, 70 years since the D-Day landings will be the last time British service personal will gather in any great numbers in the south of the country.
A remembrance poppy adorns the uniform of Prince Harry as he joins British troops and service personal remaining in Afghanistan and also International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) personnel and civilians as they gather for a Remembrance Sunday service at Kandahar Airfield November 9, 2014 in Kandahar, Afghanistan (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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Harry’s shocking claims also created risk for westerners who have stayed in Kabul. Animal charity boss Pen Farthing revealed earlier that he had been forced to flee the city over fear of reprisals. Ex-Army chief Colonel Richard Kemp branded the Duke of Sussex's comments as a "betrayal" and stated that he had exposed the armed forces, himself and his family to heightened threats.

 



 

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Earlier this week, enraged Taliban official Anas Haqqani responded to Harry’s admission with a tweet reading, “Mr. Harry! The ones you killed were not chess pieces, they were humans… these atrocities will be remembered in the history of humanity.” Suhail Shaheen, head of the Taliban’s political office, also weighed in and declared that Harry had "committed a crime against humanity."

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