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Will Sandhurst sort out Prince Harry?
By Melissa Jackson
BBC News Magazine

Prince Harry
Sandhurst is the right place for Prince Harry
Prince Harry's Nazi fancy dress faux pas has led to suggestions that he is unfit to attend Sandhurst Royal Military Academy.

But analyst Charles Heyman believes it is the right course of action to knock him into shape.

Shameful, foolish, insensitive - just some of the adjectives used to describe Prince Harry's party stunt, although more charitable observers dismissed the Nazi uniform as "a harmless prank".

When he joins Sandhurst in May, he will be wearing a British army uniform - a badge of honour - and expected to meet the high standards set by the military academy.

He won't be the first young man to be kicked into touch by a regime which prides itself on turning out first class officers fed a diet of strict discipline and carefully structured routine.

Senior defence analyst for Janes Consultancy Group and former army major Mr Heyman says: "At Sandhurst, Prince Harry will be watched all the time, 24 hours a day and get away with nothing.

It will change him. I think he will mature quite quickly after 44 weeks at Sandhurst
Charles Heyman, former army major
"If you're told to appear at a certain time in certain dress, with certain weapons, then you do, or you are in trouble."

He will be scrutinised and assessed by some very tough military professionals who will come down hard on him if he messes up.

These people will become strong male role models for Prince Harry.

Mr Heyman says: "He is going to see some male role models who will shock him down to his very foundations.

"Sandhurst brings people down to size. It's a big reality check and the further up the pyramid you are, the bigger the shock.

"It will change him. I think he will mature quite quickly after 44 weeks at Sandhurst."

Grey man

Despite his royal status, Prince Harry will be treated no differently from his peers.

"They will not care that he is Prince Harry," says Mr Heyman.

"This will be the first time in his life that other people will tell him his fortune in no uncertain terms.

"This situation is unusual for most people, but a bit harder for him, compared to the average officer recruit."

Charles Heyman
Charles Heyman: Harry will mature
Mr Heyman's advice on getting through Sandhurst is to be "a grey man" - that is, someone who doesn't attract attention.

He thinks Harry has a real problem here because of his status.

"To be a grey man, you try not to make any mistakes and try not to stick your head above the parapet, otherwise you're going to get picked on, he warns."

Prince Harry will be disciplined and if he doesn't do as he is told, he won't stand the course, Mr Heyman suggests.

At the age of 20, he will be one of the younger trainee officers at Sandhurst.

"He will have to bite his tongue quite a lot", says Mr Heyman.

"He will be allowed to make mistakes, but if he continues to make them, he'll be out on his ear."




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