Harry's Interview Slammed by Army Chiefs

01.28.13 2:16 PM ET

Prince Harry's ill-advised interview will probably not be held up to future generations of PR professionals as a how-to, and now it seems it has even angered senior figures in the army.

Senior officers are not particularly stressed by his comparison of killing people with computer games, but they are pissed that Harry said he would rather be on the ground in Helmand than flying an Apache attack helicopter.

This picture taken on November 1, 2012 shows Britain's Prince Harry (L)  gives a TV interview at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, where he was serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps. Britain's Prince Harry confirmed he killed Taliban fighters during his stint as a helicopter gunner in Afghanistan, it can be reported after he completed his tour of duty on January 21, 2013.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / JOHN STILLWELL        (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)


“My choice would have been back out on the ground with my regiment,” he said in one interview, “For me it’s not that normal because I go into the cookhouse and everyone has a good old gawp, and that’s one thing that I dislike about being here."

A senior army officer, told The Sunday Telegraph: “When Harry was hauled home from Afghanistan last time, he threw his toys out of the pram and more or less said that if couldn’t return to Helmand, he would leave the Army.

“No one wanted Harry to leave in a huff so, with his approval, a career path was mapped out which would allow him to return to Helmand. A lot of people worked with Harry in helping him get into the Army Air Corps, where he has proved a great success.

“Now he seems to be saying that he only became a pilot so he could return to Afghanistan. He should think a little bit less about himself and perhaps a bit more about those who have helped him. He needs to wise up and accept that he is not a soldier but an Army officer — he is not “one of the boys” and never will be.”