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Prince to have equality training

Prince Harry
Prince Harry has been forced to apologise for his behaviour in the past

Prince Harry is to be sent on an Army equality course after being heard on video using offensive language to describe a Pakistani army colleague.

The Prince faced a disciplinary hearing with his commanding officer after a video diary filmed three years ago was made public by a Sunday newspaper.

In the commentary, Harry called a platoon member "our little Paki friend" and another, a "raghead".

Clarence House said the Prince had apologised and the matter was "closed".

Army record

The video obtained by the News of the World showed Harry while still an officer cadet at Sandhurst military academy.

It was filmed in front of other cadets at an airport departure lounge as they waited for a flight to Cyprus to go on manoeuvres.

The prince, who is third in line to the throne, was heard calling a soldier "our little Paki friend".

Prince Harry has been subjected to normal Army disciplinary procedures
Clarence House spokesman

The BBC's royal correspondent Peter Hunt said it would be the second time Prince Harry had taken part in an equality course since joining the Army.

All recruits undergo initial diversity training, but commanding officers have ordered Harry to undertake further instruction following the incident.

Our correspondent said a note about the name-calling had been placed on the prince's Army record, but it would be withdrawn in a couple of years and was unlikely to affect his military career prospects.

The Ministry of Defence would say only that the Army had concluded its considerations in relation to the case.

A Clarence House spokesman said: "Prince Harry has said sorry for his remarks and has been subjected to normal Army disciplinary procedures.

"The matter is now closed."



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