1. This is Lance Corporal James Wharton, an openly gay British soldier, who wrote about how Prince Harry rescued him from an anti-gay attack.
In his upcoming memoir, Out In The Army,, excerpted in The Daily Mail, the soldier writes that he went to Prince Harry, his tank commander at the time, for help in an incident. He confided in Prince Harry after he was confronted by six soldiers who threatened him about a comment that Lance Corporal James Wharton had made about sleeping with someone the night before. He told Prince Harry, “I think I’m about to be murdered by the infantry.”
2. Oh no! What will Prince Harry do?
3. BE AWESOME, that’s what. From the memoir:
I didn’t hold back: I told him everything that had gone on. I couldn’t stop the tears from welling up in my eyes.
He said: ‘Right. I’m going to sort this s*** out once and for all.’
Harry climbed out of the tank and started having a go. I worried he was about to make the whole thing worse, but he wasn’t holding back. Prince Harry was sticking up for me and putting a stop to the trouble. I had been on track for a battering and had been rescued.
He came back ten minutes later and told me the problem had been ‘sorted’.
He told me: ‘I knew one of his officers and we cleared everything up. I also told those other lads to back the f*** off, too.’
Although being out in the military has been legal in the UK since 2000, bringing an end to homophobia in the British ranks is a much more complicated affair. Luckily, he was close enough to Prince Harry to confide in him. Wharton told The Daily Mail “I will always be grateful to Harry and I will never forget what happened. Until he went over and dealt with everything I was on track for a battering.”
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