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Prince Harry Defends Soldier During Homophobic Attack

11:04 PM, Jun 10, 2013   |    comments
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Prince Harry made a lasting impression on one of the soldiers under his command back in 2008 after the royal defended him against a homophobic attack.

Lance Corporal James Wharton reveals in his new memoir, "Out in the Army," that the young prince was quick to deal with a group of bullies after his life was reportedly threatened.

Wharton, who served under Harry during a four-month training period in Canada, describes how he "stupidly" bragged about how he had "scored the night before" with another officer to several other members of the infantry, leading six soldiers to angrily approach him, according to E! Online.

"This was turning into a bit of a situation, Wharton writes. "Under huge pressure I went back to my vehicle to find Prince Harry. ... I told him: 'I think I'm about to be murdered by the infantry.' "

Wharton then details how Harry angrily hopped out of the tank to confront the other soldiers.

"I worried he was about to make the whole thing worse, but he wasn't holding back," Wharton says in his book. "Prince Harry was sticking up for me and putting a stop to the trouble. I had been on track for a battering and had been rescued."

Wharton left the Army this year, but says he looks back on his military stint with fondness, especially because of Prince Harry's kindness.

"I'll never forget the four weeks we worked together and the incredible conversations we shared. The experience lives on as the stand-out period of my decade in the military."

Source: Courier-Journal

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