Prince Harry has been charged with “turning against” his military family after “having destroyed his biological family,” according to a retired commanding officer.
In his memoir, the Duke of Sussex describes killing 25 Taliban fighters in Afghanistan as “chess pieces taken off the board”.
Tim Collins, an ex-colonel, asserted that this was “not how you behave in the army.”
In his memoir Spare, Prince Harry goes into depth about his experience flying a chopper in Afghanistan.
The book was released early in Spain, and Private News was able to get a copy.
After two deployments in the country’s Helmand district, Prince Harry makes the first public admission in it that he killed 25 enemy combatants.
“It wasn’t a statistic that filled me with pride but nor did it make me ashamed,” he writes.
“When I was plunged into the heat and confusion of battle, I didn’t think about those as 25 people. You can’t kill people if you see them as people.
“In truth, you can’t hurt people if you see them as people. They were chess pieces taken off the board, bad guys eliminated before they kill good guys.
“They trained me to ‘other’ them and they trained me well.”
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Responding to the prince’s comments, a senior Taliban leader Anas Haqqani tweeted: “Mr Harry! The ones you killed were not chess pieces, they were humans; they had families who were waiting for their return…
“I don’t expect that the (International Criminal Court) will summon you or the human rights activists will condemn you, because they are deaf and blind for you.”
Referring to Prince Harry’s revelation that he killed 25 enemy fighters, Col Collins said: “That’s not how you behave in the Army; it’s not how we think.
“He has badly let the side down. We don’t do notches on the rifle butt. We never did.”
The ex-colonel, who gained worldwide fame for an eve-of battle speech to troops in Iraq, said: “Harry has now turned against the other family, the military, that once embraced him having trashed his birth family.
He accused Prince Harry of choosing an “alien” path and of “pursuing riches he does not need”.
“In the end, I see only disappointment and misery in his pursuit of riches he does not need and his rejection of family and comradely love that he badly needs.”