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Prince Harry and Iraq: Reaction
The Army decision not to send Prince Harry to Iraq has sparked a debate on whether the decision is correct - and on his future in the Army. Below are some reactions.

CLARENCE HOUSE STATEMENT

"Prince Harry is very disappointed that he will not be able to go to Iraq with his troop on this deployment, as he had hoped.

"He fully understands and accepts General Dannatt's difficult decision, and remains committed to his Army career.

"Prince Harry's thoughts are with his troop and the rest of the Battle Group in Iraq."

MAJOR GENERAL PATRICK CORDINGLEY

"I have to think it's the right [decision] but I also hope that... if Prince Harry could be given perhaps a sabbatical from the media... he could still deploy."

COLONEL BOB STEWART, FORMER UNITED NATIONS COMMANDING OFFICER IN BOSNIA

"This is a military decision, not a political, and things have changed.

"And as a result of that change, this man, this individual is under much greater threat than anyone else there and those around him.

"And under those circumstances it's logical and proper - as has happened before in places like Northern Ireland - when an individual is that targeted the army makes the decision to pull them."

REG KEYS, FATHER OF LANCE CORPORAL TOM KEYS, BRITISH MILITARY POLICEMAN KILLED IN IRAQ

"Harry has no longer got an army career because his position as an officer is quite clearly no longer tenable.

"And I feel quite sorry for Harry. I think he would have made a good officer, a good leader of men - they would have looked up to Harry - but you can't have an officer that's selective in deployments.

"If you're going to sign on the dotted line then we all accept the risk of death and serious injury goes along with being a soldier.

"And indeed, maybe a big question mark now looms - should members of the royal family indeed serve in the armed forces?"

OFFICER CADET ALEXANDER SHEEN

"I can imagine Harry is gutted about this decision. As an Officer Cadet myself, the main reason for joining the forces is to serve your country and to fight alongside your comrades.

"The government have taken away his ability to do this, to do what he signed up to do. He knows the risks and should be allowed to make the decision himself.

"My thoughts are with Harry at not being able to serve with his comrades."

GELLA TOMLIN, WIFE OF BRITISH SOLDIER

"Why did he join the Army in the first place if he will be absolved from doing his duty?

"Will he only be sent to safe places and have easy duties whilst others are expected to risk life and limb?

"If he is not prepared to or allowed to do what other soldiers must he should resign his commission.

"It is not safe for any of them out there. Who do I need to speak to in order to stop my husband being sent there later in the year?"

LUCILLE DUGGS, MOTHER OF BRITISH SOLDIER

"As a mother of a son who is in the military, I would be relieved that someone - in this case Prince Harry - who had a huge price tag on his head, would not be around my child.

"Iraq is an incredibly dangerous place, my son has been on the front line for nearly nine months and will be coming home next month, praise God.

"If someone was out to kill someone like Harry you would not want innocent bystanders, like other soldiers, to be targeted. Too many have lost their lives already."

MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM CALDWELL, SPOKESMAN FOR MULTINATIONAL FORCES IN IRAQ

"In as far as whether somebody deploys or not, you know, the Prince... is a soldier, he will do what he is told if his government tells him, or his chief of defence tells him that he is not coming, then he is not coming.

"It is not for him to decide and the chief of defence will do that, which is best for his defence department.

"And so that is the decision he has made and as with ours, we all support it, and salute and move out sharply."

PETER BRIERLEY, FATHER OF SOLDIER KILLED IN IRAQ

"I have a precedent for this. I have a nephew and when Sean died, my nephew was due to go to Iraq. And they actually stopped him going because, basically, they couldn't have two members of the same family dying.

"So they actually stopped him going because he has the same name."



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