Britain’s Prince Harry made racist remarks, calling an Asian army comrade a “Paki” and telling another he looked like a “raghead”, a British newspaper reported.The News of the World made the report after it acquired a video of the 24-year-old prince, the third in line to the throne.The video, made by the prince in 2006 when he was still an officer cadet, begins as he is waiting at an airport for a flight to Cyprus for a training exercise. Spotting an Asian cadet, he says: “Anybody else around here?… Ah, our little Paki friend, Ahmed.”“Paki” is a derogatory term for Indians or Pakistanis. Harry makes the second remark while on exercise with his platoon in Cyprus.
The News of the World made the video available on its website.The royal family issued an apology, but said the prince had used the term “Paki” “without malice”. The statement said: “Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offence his words might cause.
“However, on this occasion three years ago, Prince Harry used the term without any malice and as a nickname about a highly popular member of his platoon. “There is no question that Prince Harry was in any way seeking to insult his friend. “Prince Harry used the term ‘raghead’ to mean Taliban or Iraqi insurgent.”
The prince served with the army in Afghanistan in last year but was forced to return home amid security fears after a carefully arranged media blackout on his deployment was broken.