Prince Harry will be serving as a soldier in Iraq by the end of the month, a British newspaper reported Saturday, though government officials called the story speculative.Evidently, Prince William cannot serve overseas as he is 2nd in line for the throne. Prince Harry, known in the Army as Commander Wales, is eligible to serve as he's only third in line.
The Daily Mirror newspaper — citing an unnamed senior military official — reported that Defense Secretary Des Browne is expected to announce Feb. 26 that the prince, who is third in line to the throne, will be deployed along with his regiment near Basra in southern Iraq.
He follows a long tradition of military service by British royals:
Charles was a pilot with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy and Harry's grandfather, Prince Philip, had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy.And he has been quoted as saying he wants to head off to war:
Harry's uncle, Prince Andrew, was a Royal Navy pilot and served in the Falklands war against Argentina.
Harry, who graduated last year from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, said in a 2005 interview that he was keen to fight for his country.I've learned to be careful what I ask for... I usually get it... in spades... ;-)
"There's no way I'm going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country," he said.