Prince Harry is criticised by the UK defence minister for bragging about Taliban kills.

March 3, 2023



(cnn) βΈ» UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has criticized Prince Harry's decision to reveal how many Taliban fighters he killed while serving in the British Army in Afghanistan, saying "boasting about tallies" lets down others in the armed forces. Harry faced criticism last month for claiming in his autobiography "Spare" that he had killed 25 of the insurgent group's fighters. Wallace told British radio station LBC Thursday that "every veteran makes their own choices about what they want to talk about," but "the armed forces is not about a tally." He added that it distorts the fact that the army is a team game, with the infantry supported by hundreds of people, such as those in the Royal Logistic Corps and in headquarters. Prince Harry wrote an autobiography about his experiences in the British Armed Forces, including his two tours of Afghanistan in 2007 and 2012. He recounted how the advancements in technology allowed him to say "precisely how many enemy combatants" he had killed, and how he saw them as "chess pieces removed from the board". He later denied boasting about the number of Taliban fighters he had killed and said his goal was to reduce the number of veteran suicides. Leading figures from the military community criticized him for his remarks, saying they could jeopardize his safety and give the British Army a bad reputation. Colonel Richard Kemp, a retired British army officer, told Sky News they "tarnished" his reputation and "unjustly" painted the British Army in a negative light.

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