In support of Harry's decision, I guess it would bring some legitimacy to his leadership if he went to fight alongside his countrymen...
Here's what the Montreal Gazette had to say, Sunday April 29th:
Prince Harry "nervous" in farewell speech ahead of Iraq deployment
Canadian PressPublished: Sunday, April 29, 2007
LONDON (CP) - A British newspaper has reported the contents of an alleged farewell speech by Prince Harry ahead of his much publicized posting to Iraq as a British army officer.
The News of the World, a weekly tabloid, reported Harry as telling a group of friends Friday that he is a "nervous wreck."
The newspaper quotes Harry as saying, "I've waited a long time and just want to get out there and serve my country."
Britain's Prince Harry, younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, while taking part in his final training exercise, in Cyprus, in March 2006. (AP/Ian Holding/MoD)Email to a friendPrinter friendly
Commanders are reportedly reconsidering their decision to allow the prince to fight in Iraq.
They fear his presence could endanger other soldiers.
Harry's regiment, the Blues and Royals, is due to begin a six-month tour of duty in Iraq within weeks.
Clarence House, Prince Charles' London office, would not comment on the report. "What he does in his private time is private," said a spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with royal household policy.
The spokesman said reference should be made to a speech made last year by Harry to mark his 21st birthday. In it, the third in line to the throne said he would not have gone through the rigors of officer training at the elite Sandhurst military academy "then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country."
The tabloid reported Harry as telling a group of around 20 close friends at a London nightclub that he is prepared to "do anything they throw at me."
As the speculation continues whether Harry will be deployed on the front line, the 22-year-old royal reportedly told the group that he would be honoured to serve the country in any capacity required, adding that a final decision had yet to be made.
"It's a great, great feeling to go to Iraq," he reportedly said. "I don't know what to expect. I'm nervous, excited and apprehensive ... and I'm really looking forward to it. I just want to get out there and do it."
Harry, a second lieutenant, is a tank commander trained to lead a 12-man team in four armoured reconnaissance vehicles. If deployed, he would become the first royal to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands conflict with Argentina in 1982.