Prince Harry has turned to TV hypnotist Paul McConya in a last-ditch bid to break what a pal describes as "a life-long addiction".
"For some years now, and indeed since I first met him at Eton, Harry has loved a fag," said long-time chum and regimental colleague James Erskine-Bumfumbler. "I remember being with him in the dorm when he enjoyed his first fag. He only had a few sucks on that enticing little stick, and he was away. From that time on, he would enjoy a fag every night; in the dorm, in the toilet - he would pull on one anywhere he could, really."
The Prince, said by a number of younger boys at Eton to be a lot harder than he looked, was apparently unable to kick the habit after he left Eton. "He was adamant he wanted a career in the army." said Erskine-Bumfumbler. "When he was told by his commanding officer that he could go to Afghanistan, he was delighted. He cherished the thought of one day being able to take all his men up the Khyber."
Erskine-Bumfumbler denied rumours that approaching a hypnotist was the last chance of sorting out his craving for fags. "Harry has been considering all sorts of things. He told me that if hypnotism didn't do the trick, he would try acupuncture. The prospect of having a lot of little pricks inside him didn't bother him in the slightest."