The prince, aka Captain Wales
of the British Army, is about to return home to Britain after a 20-week posting NATO posting at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province. Speaking to reporters
, the 28-year-old Apache helicopter gunner, who is completing his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, was asked if he'd ever killed anyone. The prince wasted no time in describing how he's "taken out" men and boys fighting to rid their homeland of the latest in a centuries-old parade
of foreign invaders.
"Yes, we fire when we have to, take a life to save a life," Queen Elizabeth's grandson replied. "But essentially we're more of a deterrent than anything else."
"If there's people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game, I suppose," he added.
The Taliban, brutal Islamic fundamentalists driven from power shortly after the post-9/11 US-led invasion of Afghanistan, remain a formidable presence throughout Afghanistan as well as in neighboring Pakistan. They have vowed to use all their strength to kill or capture
Prince Harry, but apparently it's Captain Wales who's doing the killing in this relationship.
Harry's base was attacked
on his birthday last September, but the Taliban claimed the raid was in retaliation for an obscure US-made anti-Muslim film
The prince also managed to insult his fellow soldiers while discussing a pre-deployment butt-naked romp
with a random woman he hooked up with in Las Vegas.
"I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down," he said of the August 2012 incident. "But it was probably a classic example of me being too much army, and not enough prince."