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'Harry will be missed by troops'
Jane Barff
Mrs Barff said she supported Prince Harry's deployment
The mother of a soldier who served alongside Prince Harry in Afghanistan has said he will be "sorely missed" when he returns to the UK.

L/Cpl George Barff, 23, served alongside the royal during his 10-week deployment in Helmand Province.

His mother, Jane Barff, of Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, said she supported Harry's deployment to the country alongside other soldiers.

But now his cover had been blown he should return home, she said.

Mrs Barff, whose son is a member of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) attached to the Household Cavalry at Windsor, said the Prince would be missed by his troops on the frontline.

She said: "I am glad Prince Harry went because I know how much he wanted to, and I think its good he's been able to stay out there for so long."

Mrs Barff said she had learned that the royal was in Afghanistan a week ago, but had not been worried for her son's safety while the media blackout was upheld.

Lance Corporal George Barff
Lance Corporal Barff served alongside Prince Harry

She said: "Now I would be worried, because with everybody knowing that Harry is there, it is open season on British soldiers. So I will be very glad if Harry is brought home."

"I will be disappointed for him and for his colleagues, and other soldiers who I am sure will have enjoyed having him there as part of the group and doing the job he has been trained to do.

"But I shall be glad if he is out because then my son hopefully will not be put into danger, and hopefully all the other mothers' sons also."

Mrs Barff added her son had described Prince Harry as behaving like "one of the team".

She said: "I think he was very impressed with the easy way Harry approached him.

"It wasn't a case of 'I am a Prince, listen to me', he just came up and was a regular chap.

"He has shown that he can do the job - he hasn't been someone who has just been playing at something.

"He has trained to do this job and he has shown that he can do it, and has earned the respect of the troops.

She added: "I think they will miss him if he comes home. He will be sorely missed."

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