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Old 11-Jan-2009
Prince Harry apology for racist term

Prince Harry has apologised for using offensive language to describe a member of his army platoon.
The News of the World said it had a video of the army lieutenant calling a colleague a "Paki" while pretending to make a phonecall to the Queen.
A statement from St James's Palace said he did so three years ago as a nickname about a friend and without any malice.
The prince had to apologise in 2005 for wearing a swastika armband to a party, which offended many Jewish people.
The video reportedly shows Harry while still an officer cadet at Sandhurst military academy.
It was filmed in front of other cadets at an airport departure lounge as they waited for a flight to Cyprus to go on manoeuvres.
The newspaper said the prince had called the soldier "our little Paki friend".
'Extremely sorry'
In a separate incident, Prince Harry is heard calling another officer cadet a "raghead", the News of the World said.
During the faked call to the Queen, as the Commander in Chief of the British Army, the Prince says, "Granny I've got to go, send my love to the Corgis and Grandpa."
He finishes saying: "I've got to go, got to go, bye. God Save You ... yeah, that's great."

Bullying and racism are not endemic in the Armed Forces

MOD spokeswoman

A statement from St James's Palace 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."
The statement continued: "Prince Harry used the term 'raghead' to mean Taleban or Iraqi insurgent."
'Disturbing allegations'
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence said: "Neither the Army nor the Armed Forces tolerates inappropriate behaviour in any shape or form.
"The Army takes all allegations of inappropriate behaviour very seriously and all substantive allegations are investigated.
"We are not aware of any complaint having been made by the individual. Bullying and racism are not endemic in the Armed Forces."
A spokeswoman for the Equality and Human Rights Commission said: "These appear to be disturbing allegations and we will be asking the MoD to see the evidence, share that evidence with us and their plans for dealing with it.
"We will then consider what further action might be necessary."

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Old 12-Jan-2009
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tfs ....

Old 27-Feb-2009
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