Was Prince Harry given any advice before his latest media interview on his experiences in war-torn Afghanistan? If so, I don't think it was particularly wise advice, in all the circumstances.
For one who is, by his own frank admission, so suspicious of the media, the third in line to the throne did not choose his words very carefully. Perhaps he didn't actually say "I have killed" as the Daily Mail and other
newspapers headlined it - but he did refer to "taking life to save life" which probably comes to the same thing. Many men, in wars long past, will have made a similar admission - when, that is, they talked about it. Which many didn't, even to their
nearest and dearest, let alone to the world press. But then, for no good reason, Prince Harry makes a connection between life as a helicopter co-pilot on the front line of battle - and the playing of warlike games on his PlayStation.
Most of us Brits, Royalist or not, will forgive Prince Harry a great deal. It comes from the memory of that small boy, stolidly following behind his mother's coffin, complete with its heart-tugging floral
tribute to "MUM". Nobody then or now doubts his bravery.
But many lives have been lost in the conflict in Afghanistan. This is a war - not a computer game.