As a Canadian citizen whose head of state and military commander is technically the Queen of England, I would like to respectfully ask if she might consider bypassing Charles and William, and making Prince Harry King of England - if only because no one can rattle the establishment’s teacups quite like this inadvertent royal performance artiste.
A video was released this week showing third in line to the British throne, Prince Harry, at combat training school three years ago, affectionately referring to a fellow squaddie as their “little Paki friend, Ahmed”, and mentioning to Caucasian colleague sporting a towel on his head that he “looks like a raghead”. In a similarly captured post-exercise debriefing, he asks his team how they feel – and if any of those feelings might include “gay” or “queer on the side”. The video also shows the prince out on the town with his mates, putting two fingers to his head as though he wants to shoot himself, reportedly because he’s bored with some dancers…who just happened to be Greek. Oh, the humanity! Predictably, all hell has broken loose, with politicians weighing in from both sides, along with the Ministry of Defense. And of course the Equality and Human Rights Commission (aka The British chapter of the “Waiting To Be Offended Club”) is demanding that the Army investigate – and report back to them.
The British media is deeply offended on behalf of the “little Paki friend”, even though Ahmed Raza Khan himself doesn’t appear to be bothered or otherwise traumatized three years after the fact, despite what I’m sure are the media’s best efforts. As his uncle said: “At no time (Ahmed) told us that he was called Paki or he was a good friend of Prince Harry.”
The uncle claims that “we expect better from our Royal Family on whom we spend millions and millions of pounds for training and schooling and they come with the f-word and calling people Paki or whatever.”
That shows what little the uncle, or any of these aforementioned offendees-by-proxy, know about military life.
Prince Harry, third in line to the throne, is also third in line to the position of chief commander of the British military. So perhaps we ought to more properly assess his words alongside those of another great military leader, American General George S. Patton, who once thusly described his WWII Soviet allies: “In addition to his other Asiatic characteristics, the Russian have no regard for human life and is an all out son of bitch, barbarian, and chronic drunk.”