Prince Harry killed 25 in Afghanistan, was 'not ashamed of it', reveals memoir
Prince Harry wrote in his upcoming memoir ‘Spare’ that he killed more than two dozen people in Afghanistan during his time as a soldier hunting Taliban extremists.
According to The Telegraph, which obtained an excerpt of the book, Harry said the army taught him not to view members of the Taliban as people. He further stated that he is "neither proud nor ashamed” of his kill count as an Apache attack helicopter pilot.
"In the era of Apaches and laptops," Harry said he was able to come up "with exactness how many enemy combatants I had killed. And it seemed to me essential not to be afraid of that number."
The 38-year-old Duke of Sussex served as a forward air controller in the British Royal Army from 2007-2008 and piloted the attack helicopter between 2012-2013, Al Jazeera reported.
"So my number is 25. It's not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but nor does it embarrass me," he wrote, adding that the number came from six missions during his second tour in the country.
Harry claimed that the army engrained in him the idea that the Taliban members he was fighting against were mere "chess pieces".
"I made it my purpose, from day one, to never go to bed with any doubt whether I had done the right thingâ€¦ whether I had shot at Taliban and only Taliban, without civilians in the vicinity. I wanted to return to Great Britain with all my limbs, but more than that I wanted to get home with my conscience intact," Harry wrote.
Prince Harry's autobiography ‘Spare’ is not due out until next week but it dominated headlines on Thursday after a Spanish-language version of the memoir mistakenly went on sale.
The book was hurriedly withdrawn from shelves in Spain but not before copies were obtained by media outlets, who pored over its contents and published key excerpts.
They include how Harry was allegedly physically attacked by his older brother, Prince William, in a blazing 2019 row about his wife, Meghan Markle. He wrote that his fight with William came after his brother called Meghan "difficult", "rude" and "abrasive".
The memoir also touches on his strained relationship with his father, King Charles III, as well as disclosures about how he was told of the death of his mother Princess Diana in a car crash in 1997, and his use of cocaine as a teenager.