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Last Updated: Sunday January 11 2009 11:42 GMT

Prince sorry for racist remark

Prince Harry served in Afghanistan

Prince Harry has said he is sorry for using a racist word to describe a Pakistani member of his army platoon.

A national newspaper has published a video diary in which the prince uses the term.

A royal spokesman said that the prince used the word as a nickname about a friend and didn't mean to be offensive.

In 2005, Prince Harry also had to apologise in a race row after dressing up as a Nazi for a fancy dress party, which offended many Jewish people.

The video shows Harry three years ago when he was training to be an Army officer.

In a different section of the video, Prince Harry uses another word that could be seen to be offensive when talking about a Taliban or Iraqi rebel fighter.

A royal statement said: "Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offence his words might cause."

Prince Harry and Prince William
Prince Harry and Prince William
It added: "There is no question that Prince Harry was in any way seeking to insult his friend."

The Army has said that it had no record of a complaint about the incident, but would investigate any allegation of racist behaviour.

And a spokeswoman for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which works to stop racism, said it would be investigating the matter.