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“Now I’m a target for UK terrorists”

Daily Telegraph - 29th February 2008

“Now I’m a target for UK terrorists” - Prince Harry’s security

Prince Harry has admitted his deployment in Afghanistan is likely to place him at an increased risk of a terrorist attack in Britain.

The Prince said he accepted the possibility that home-grown extremists sympathetic to the Taliban could try to “slot” him on his return.

But Prince Harry, who has been fighting the Taliban for the past two and a half months in Helmand, shrugged off the danger, saying that, as a member of the Royal Family, he was he was used to threats

He also rejected the idea that he would have to beef up his own security on his return to Britain.

Speaking during an interview in Helmand - parts of which can be reported now that the news blackout has been broken - the Prince admitted for the first time that he could be at risk.

“Once this comes out, every single person that supports them will be trying to slot me,” he said. “Now that you come to think about it it’s quite worrying.”

He went on: “I think there’s a lot of guys here who hopefully won’t be targeted but…now everyone will know I’m out here no doubt I’ll be a top target.”

Insurgents already see the Queen, the head of the Church of England, as the leader of a crusade against Muslims and the Prince’s deployment will only make matters worse.

Alex Bomberg, a former aide to the Royal Family who now runs his own close protection firm, said: “Technically he could have caused the death of members of the Taliban or Muslims and that will make him more of a target.”

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