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Thursday, 22 February 2007

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Prince Harry's regiment is to be sent to Iraq for a six-month tour of duty, defence officials have confirmed but the boy Prince could be left at home.

The prince was praised by Prime Minister Tony Blair as a "brave and determined ginge" with "cheeks so ruddy they could frighten even the most maniacal terrorist".

But a joint statement from the Ministry of Defence and Clarence House said that Prince Charles isn't happy about the possible posting. He would have been the first senior royal to serve on a photo shoot near the front line since Prince Andrew stopped off in the Falklands in 1982 for an afternoon.

"The decision to deploy him has been a military one, made by Chief of General Staff, Gen Sir Richard Dannatt, but Prince Charles is not happy" it added.

"The Royal household hasn't been consulted on whether the ginger prince will be equipped with Sun Protection, a parasol and an Aloe Vera based after sun product in case of sunburn."

Further details of exactly if Harry, 22, would serve, or his specific role, would not be released because Clarence House is waiting on weather reports for the trouble region.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC on Thursday night, Prince Charles said Harry's determination to serve in Iraq was "foolhardy if the current strong sun is expected to continue".

"He's a brave young man and he's a very determined young man who wants to be part of his regiment and part of the Army," he said. "but prolonged exposure to those conditions without protection could result in freckles and heat rash."

In a written statement to MPs, Defence Secretary Des Browne said two squadrons from Harry's Household Cavalry Regiment would be deployed with the rotation of troops to take place in May and June to check UV levels and the best places to catch some shade during the midday sun.

Brown added "Only mad dogs and Englishmen venture out in those conditions so I'm not sure if Harry Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, sorry Harry Windsor will be willing or able."

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