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First: A radio clip of a schoolboy talking in the early 1960s. He wanted to go into politics and went to practise at Speakers' Corner; you may have heard him. His voice brought back a whole era. He had one of those "good chep" accents. Why did people speak like that? Even the disc jockeys in those days spoke like Henry "Blowers" Blofeld. All through the 1950s, the Queen sounded Chinese, so high and fine was her celestial voice. You had to compress what you could, as every detail of your vowel structure was scanned for clues to your pedigree, income, and education.

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Afghanistan veteran, Leo Docherty, criticises the British military campaign in Helmand province, where the Prince served until his tour of duty was cut short after details of it were leaked on the internet

Leading article: A just war – but only just

Almost the only question not addressed in the several novels' worth of coverage of Prince Harry's tour of duty in Afghanistan is: should British troops be there at all? In a way, this is as it should be. Harry's desire to serve his country is entirely admirable, as even George Galloway, the anti-war Respect MP, conceded on the BBC's Question Time on Thursday. The justification for the British military presence in Afghanistan has no bearing on his wish to serve in the armed forces.

The people's prince: with Harry in Afghanistan. Dog of war or PR pawn?

Tousle-haired, in fatigues, with kitbag on his back and a mate at his shoulder, Prince Harry stepped back into Britain at RAF Brize Norton yesterday for an immediate reunion with his father and brother. He may be third in line to the throne, but, in keeping with the welcome brush with normal life the Army has given him, he was 41st in line off the plane.

Prince Harry withdrawn from Afghanistan after cover is blown

Prince Harry's spell of "normal life" has come to an abrupt end, with the Ministry of Defence confirming yesterday that he was being withdrawn from Afghanistan immediately. Defence staff and Army chiefs said they had little choice but to end his tour in Helmand early, after foreign media broke a news blackout and revealed that Harry had been serving in the province since before Christmas.

Leading article: The soldier's life

What are we coming to? The British media have conspired to censor themselves; the Royal Family has secured a publicity coup; the Ministry of Defence has pulled off a public relations stunt that is a recruiting campaign for the armed forces – and this newspaper goes along with it all. Yes, the story of Prince Harry's 10-week tour of duty in Afghanistan is a curious one.

The women's magazine that landed an unfortunate scoop

So it wasn't Matt Drudge after all who told the world, and the Taliban, that Prince Harry was fighting in Afghanistan. It was, bizarrely, an Australian weekly women's magazine.

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Harry to be pulled out of Afghanistan

Prince Harry is to be withdrawn from Afghanistan after his security was compromised by international media, the Ministry of Defence confirmed today.

The Drudge Report: clever headlines, and eye for the news jugular

Prince Harry's front line service in Afghanistan is but the latest big story to be broken the Drudge Report, the online news clearing house that began life in 1994 as a weekly email bulletin in Hollywood and now - for better or worse - is an integral part of journalism in the US and around the world.

Prince's cover in Afghanistan blown by Drudge Report



An American website, the Drudge Report, broke a news blackout yesterday by revealing that Prince Harry has been serving in Afghanistan for more than two months.

Prince Harry has been fighting in Afghanistan

Prince Harry has been fighting the Taliban on the front line in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence confirmed today.

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