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British Tabloids Are Feasting On Another Harry Situation

Prince Harry, center, shown at a military parade in 2006, is in trouble again, this time over referring to a fellow army officer as a "Paki" and another as a "raghead." Harry, the younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, is third in line to the British throne.
Prince Harry, center, shown at a military parade in 2006, is in trouble again, this time over referring to a fellow army officer as a "Paki" and another as a "raghead." Harry, the younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, is third in line to the British throne. (By Anwar Hussein -- Getty Images)

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By Kevin Sullivan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

LONDON, Jan. 12

January in London. Cold, wet, dark. Recession is setting in like mildew in the basement.

The tabloids are cranky and restless.

Thank goodness for Prince Harry.

Even on a day when the Sun splashed a story about a British woman about to give birth to a two-headed baby, Monday's tabloids were still feasting almost exclusively on the Bad Boy Prince.

"Sorry's Not Good Enough," howled the indignant Daily Mirror.

Harry, the younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and third in line to the British throne, is in deep yogurt again, this time over referring to one fellow army officer as a "Paki" and another as a "raghead."

On Sunday, the News of the World ran a sensational story revealing that Harry had used those phrases in a video made three years ago, when he was 21.

The video is shot and narrated by Harry, who describes the scene in an airport lounge as he and his fellow military academy cadets prepare to fly to Cyprus for a training exercise.

As the camera pans over the sleeping men in camouflage uniforms, Harry zooms in on fellow cadet Ahmed Raza Khan, who is from Pakistan, and says, "Ah, our little Paki friend, Ahmed."

In another segment, Harry zooms in on another cadet wearing a camouflage covering over his head and says, "You look like a raghead."


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