Just days after he got into a major controversy over a racist remark against one of his army colleagues, Prince Harry has suffered yet another setback this year by failing in his first flying test….
The 24-year-old third-in-line to the British throne has flunked the theory-based flying test at a Royal Air Force base in Lincolnshire only few weeks into his two-year course, the ‘News of the World’ reported.
“Harry didn’t reach the grade but he will have plenty of other opportunities to pass it. He will now be given extra tuition. It wasn’t a case of Harry failing and being booted off the course. It’s part of an on-going assessment,” a Royal source was quoted by the British tabloid as saying.
Prince Harry, an Army Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals, is currently on an attachment to the Army Air Corps for his flying training.
The Prince of Wales today thanked Gurkha soldiers for taking care of Prince Harry during his time in Afghanistan.
His Royal Highness met about 200 soldiers, their wives and children from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles as they trained on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire ahead of deploying to Afghanistan from next month.
As Colonel-in-Chief, The Prince spoke to several soldiers who worked alongside Prince Harry when he was in Helmand in early 2008.
The Prince was presented with a garland of the battalion’s colours – red, green and black, which he wore throughout the visit over his combats.
Gurkha soldiers also danced, clapped and sang to the beat of a drum playing a traditional folk song from Nepal while The Prince toured the hangar.
Competition is fierce in Nepal to join the British Army with up to 1,000 applicants for each of about 200 places offered every year.
They carry up to 100 lbs in communication gear, weapons and body armour and their motto is ‘It’s better to die than be a coward’.