Prince Harry left one thing out of his recent and candid interview with the British press, from his station at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

I wonder what Wills is having for tea? Photo: news.com.au

And that’s an explanation for why it’s OK for us to revel in the details of his current life “protecting queen and country,” but at the same time keep our noses out of the really juicy stuff. Like for instance, his naked romp in Las Vegas last year, and all the details of his sister-in-law’s pregnancy.

“There should be a certain amount of privacy that one should expect,” Captain Wales, as he’s known by his comrades, told the British documentary film crew on location in Afghanistan.

Pity, because the younger royal spins a great story after having spent the past 20 weeks on his tour of duty and by all accounts loving himself stupid.

Describing a boy’s paradise of Apache helicopters, laser-guided missiles - oh, and taking down his fair share of the Taliban while he’s at it:

“Take a life to save a life,” he said. “That’s what we revolve around I suppose. If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys then we’ll take them out of the game I suppose.”

Then there’s the bit about how he actually envied elder brother William, who got to go home to his wife, Catherine and their dog at the end of day - while he was stuck “playing PlayStation in a tent full of men.”

And the challenges he faced combining princely duties with his life as a modern solider who just wants to be accepted as one of the guys: “My father’s always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that. But it’s very easy to forget about who I am when I am in the army. Everyone’s wearing the same uniform and doing the same kind of thing.”

Privilege may be a long accepted inevitability of royal life, but that has rarely ever included the right to pick and choose your privacy parameters. So if you’re willing to share the victories and bravado of military life and good happy family times, then you should expect the same curiosity when things get a bit fruitier.

Maybe Captain Wales thinks everyone has the “switch” he refers to using to jump between his work, army and public princely commitments.

“I flick it when necessary,” he said.

But unfortunately it’s just plain human nature to want to stick our noses in other people’s business - especially when they’re rich and famous.

After all, even the young prince admitted to reading newspapers against his family’s advice, because he likes to know what people say about him - even if most of it was “rubbish”.

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    • Matt says:

      12:20pm | 22/01/13

      “But unfortunately it’s just plain human nature to want to stick our noses in other people’s business - especially when they’re rich and famous.”

      No, it’s the media’s nature to do that.

      Stop being so sour, and worry about things that actually matter.

    • Colin says:

      12:26pm | 22/01/13

      “Take a life to save a life,” he said. “That’s what we revolve around I suppose. If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys then we’ll take them out of the game I suppose.”

      Ah, the eternal excuse for government-sanctioned murder; ‘kill or be killed’ and the Other Side is, ‘Bad’ and - therefore - must be killed. Naturally.

      Heaven forbid that we ever have a member of any royal family being a conscientious objector - because as we all know the Majority vote of the Great Unwashed dictates that we can only ever have those who are willing to kill for King and Country as potential monarchs.

      Wouldn’t it be a wonderful society that actually venerated members of a royal house that opposed war and embraced peace? What an incredibly different world that would be…

    • marley says:

      02:00pm | 22/01/13

      @Colin - if you think that the Royal Family “embracing peace” will bring peace to Afghanistan, you’re mistaken.  The entire western world could embrace peace, and it wouldn’t mean a damn thing to the Taliban or their supporters.  They don’t live by your rules, you see.

      When we do leave Afghanistan, we’ll see the Taliban march back in and go after the Hazara and any suspected “collaborators.”  Women, of course, will be back in burkas, denied schooling and forced to live in purdah for the rest of their lives.  An odd thing for a pro-feminist such as yourself to countenance.  And those millions of Afghans who went back home after the invasion will be back in refugee camps in Pakistan and Iran within months. 

      Perhaps you call that peace, but personally, I don’t.  I certainly don’t call it a “wonderful society.”

    • Greg says:

      04:03pm | 22/01/13

      “We all know the Majority vote of the Great Unwashed dictates that we can only ever have those who are willing to kill for King and Country as potential monarchs.”

      So that explains King Obama’s policy of extrajudicial killings then?

      At least Prince Harry only kills his country’s enemies, rather than his own country’s citizens, like Obama.

    • Em says:

      12:27pm | 22/01/13

      I actually thought it was a great interview if you listen to the whole thing. He said he didn’t want the media there either, and it wasn’t his choice for the interview to be done.
      He came across a great guy, very down to earth. Even saying that if his comrades are being shot at he should be too, as he isn’t special.
      Of course he is privileged, he’s a prince, but I think this was a great interview to show us the typical young man that he is.

    • Audra Blue says:

      02:29pm | 22/01/13

      At least he is trying to be a productive member of society, which is more than the rest of family can lay claim to.

    • Chillin says:

      03:10pm | 22/01/13

      @Audra

      Perhaps you familiarise yourself with the military history of the Royal Family.

    • Chillin says:

      12:27pm | 22/01/13

      It’s not human nature, it’s the invasive mainstream media who no longer have the ability to undertake investigative journalism and provide us with bubble gum as an alternative.  I can see why there is an obvious disconnect as to what’s appropriate and to offence at being removed from the teat of cheap, sloppy journalism.

    • Kathryn says:

      12:28pm | 22/01/13

      Lucy, in the interview Harry did with the BBC he was quite open and honest about his private life. Are you bored, with nothing to write today so you thought you’d pick on a soldier who happens to be a Windsor?

    • GKM says:

      12:28pm | 22/01/13

      He is entitled to privacy in his private life, just like everyone else. His role as a member of the armed forces is his work life and therefore open to scruitny. It is that simple.

      It is sad that so many people need to live vicariously through the grubby gossip magazines.

    • lostinperth says:

      12:41pm | 22/01/13

      +1 says it all really

    • BBHO says:

      12:29pm | 22/01/13

      In response to “why it’s OK” question posted above, i think the concept of having privacy would allow someone to disclose some things and have other things kept private. The media seems to overlook this often,  hence the whole privacy debate.

    • Rose says:

      04:03pm | 22/01/13

      Exactly, he should have the right to privacy when he decides to. The only ‘celebrities’ I don’t sympathize that much with are the ones that spend ninety five percent of their time doing everything humanly possible to attract press attention, good or bad, but then get all huffy when they suddenly want to be left alone (Warne & Hurley spring to mind).

    • benny says:

      12:35pm | 22/01/13

      This is complete rubbish Lucy - he can and should be able to choose whatever parts of his life he deems fit to share with us. Just because he chose to share his experiences about what it was like in Afghanistan, doesnt mean he cant have a boozy night out without having to tell the world about it.

    • Chillin says:

      12:48pm | 22/01/13

      You are right benny, but the media think they should be able to invade anyone’s privacy (but their own of course).

    • Paul says:

      01:04pm | 22/01/13

      Exactly!

      “Privilege may be a long accepted inevitability of royal life, but that has rarely ever included the right to pick and choose your privacy settings.”

      This statement is hogwash and you know it!

      Until recent times (perhaps peaking with Diana’s death but certainly experiencing a resurgence) the media was respectful of many aspects of the private lives of the royal family and celebrities - and for that matter, non-celebrities!  The story might be written but the editorial decisions were made not to run it.  In short, the media has never had less of a conscience than it does today.

    • NSS says:

      05:23pm | 22/01/13

      What Paul said. The meeja believes IT has the right to poke it’s nose into everyone’s business. Some of us humbler folk not of the Fourth Estate couldn’t give a rats if princelings have boozy nights out. Harry and their Horrible Hereditary Highnesses are perfectly entitled to snort “bugger orff!” when they’re not on official duty.

    • Matt says:

      12:39pm | 22/01/13

      Oh please Lucy; bit of a “slow news day” if that’s all you can fill a column with. At least try to have a point.

    • Rob says:

      12:39pm | 22/01/13

      Lucy, are you asking that question seriously? There is a massive difference between a war, fought in public, by 1000s of combatants, and a private hotel room with some mates.

    • martinX says:

      12:40pm | 22/01/13

      Kate’s not a princess. She is the Duchess of Cambridge.

    • John of Northlakes says:

      12:44pm | 22/01/13

      Who cares? Why is this news in Australia? He is just some Ginger Megs from the UK.

    • Eskimo says:

      12:45pm | 22/01/13

      “it’s just plain human nature to want to stick our noses in other people’s business - especially when they’re rich and famous.”

      I bet the paparazzi chasing his mother thought that too.

    • Mikeymike says:

      01:54pm | 22/01/13

      Ouch!  Burn!

    • difficult lemon says:

      12:49pm | 22/01/13

      “then you should expect the same curiosity when things get a bit fruitier.”

      Certainly he should expect it but he should not be expected to like it or obliged to help satisfy it.

      Everyone has a right to “pick and choose (their) privacy settings”. Of course getting others to respect that can be difficult especially if you are in the public eye.

      People who have, for whatever reason, a public persona are still entitled to privacy unless and until their private behaviour has an impact on any legal obligations they have to the general public. This is why I disagree that people such as entertainers and sportsmen and women should be expected to act as as “role models” and I agree with the position Steve Coogan took regarding the Leveson enquiry and the phone-hacking affair. Sure he puts himself out in the public eye as far as his work is concerned but that does not mean his entire life becomes public property.

      It may well be “plain human nature to want to stick our noses in other people’s business” but that doesn’t make it right.

    • Gordon says:

      12:54pm | 22/01/13

      People tell others some stuff,  and (would prefer to) keep other stuff private.  Big deal. Some people (columnists frinstance) may even turn a quid out of retelling some aspect of their daily life. Does this mean their sex lives, bowel movements and choice of underwear is all fair game suddenly? This whole article is a logic fail.

    • Ally says:

      12:55pm | 22/01/13

      What crap. I hardly think Prince Harry wants us to “revel” in his military life. More like he gave the interview to get the press off his back and to keep them from revealing potentially sensitive information about his missions, thus endangering the lives of those he serves with.

      As well as this, does the Punch not have a basic fact checker? The correct way to refer to Prince William’s wife is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Referring to her as Princess Catherine is just wrong.

    • Wayne Kerr says:

      01:02pm | 22/01/13

      Lucy, you and your husband may hypothetically indulge in some sort od sexual fetish that you hypothetically do in the privacy of your own home or maybe with a group of friends.  Someone takes a photo of it and distributes it.  Would you be happy?  After all you have media exposure don’t you?  You have in the past shared some information about your personal life.  Why not share this hypothtical fetish? Therefore wouldn’t we have the right to see these hypothetical photos and giggle and tut tut about it and your hypothetical deviant behaviour?

      The answer to all of the questions above is an emphatic no.  You have teh right to privacy and to share things that you want to and keep teh other things you don’t want to share as private.

      Prince Harry has that same right.

    • Richard M says:

      01:02pm | 22/01/13

      What a typical insensitive, arrogant, judgmental piece of self-serving crap from the invasive, sensationalist, puerile media. No, Ms Kippist, it is not “hypocritical” to give an interview to the ever hungry media about doing your duty, and by the way, putting your own life and limb at risk, on your country’s behalf, while at the same time lamenting the lack of privacy in your life generally.  That is just human, and perfectly understandable. Also, it is really typically cynical, mean-spiritedness to refer to the “victories and bravado” of military life, without referring to the fact that much of what Harry talked about is the soldiers’ way of coping with the much more predominant testing aspects of military life in a combat zone, such as the tough physical conditions and the risk of being killed or maimed.  This piece just shows the media in its true colours.  Bugger human feelings, what is really important is satisfying prurient interest by getting the “story”, no matter who is hurt by it.

    • Helt says:

      01:07pm | 22/01/13

      Lucy you just wrote on a popular website. You have become a public figure I now what to know everything about you. Do you have kids what do they look like? Who is the father?  Are any members of your family drug addicts?

      Tell me now Lucy. I have the right to know

    • Jaqui says:

      01:52pm | 22/01/13

      What did you do on Christmas day?
      Who was there?
      What is your gran like?

      Aren’t these the usual pathetic questions the royals are subjected to by the very low class of “journalism” we have today?

    • Iggy says:

      01:22pm | 22/01/13

      Since when is there an all or nothing policy to privacy? As a human being he absolutely has a right to privacy. I’d like to remind that while he was born into privilege, he (just like the children born into poverty) didn’t choose his parents.

    • Kev says:

      01:27pm | 22/01/13

      “Privilege may be a long accepted inevitability of royal life, but that has rarely ever included the right to pick and choose your privacy settings. So if you’re willing to share the victories and bravado of military life and good happy family times, then you should expect the same curiosity when things get a bit fruitier. “

      Let’s take that and reword it correctly.

      Privilege may be a long accepted inevitability of media life, but that has rarely ever included the right to defend everything you say and do as freedom of speech when criticisms arise. So if you’re willing to use your power, reach and audience to voice your opinion and pass judgment on people, policies or issues as fact, then you should expect the same level of judgment when things the media do get a bit fruitier.

    • Pisces says:

      01:37pm | 22/01/13

      Two words for Lucy Kippist: YUMI STYNES.

    • porloc says:

      01:41pm | 22/01/13

      I really like Harry. He coud have lived an indolent and pointless life of luxury but chooses military service. I’ve been very impressed by his work for disabled soldiers. A great guy who doesn’t need his every move analysed.

    • james says:

      01:46pm | 22/01/13

      Don’t be too cocky !Young man!!
      Your immature action will cost follow service personal on the ground.
      They don’t have royal privilege to protect their arse like you!!

    • Simon M says:

      02:03pm | 22/01/13

      Lucy,

      how about an article on what Harry does for disabled Vetrans?
      How about the Good he does instead of cherry picking an Article and having a go at him? I agree with what Porloc says about him. A great man.
      How about using your journalistic powers for good and see what we do to support our injured soldiers? I know, having served, but I bet you don’t.
      Probably wouldn’t make good news eh?

      @ Colin Grow up. Its in human nature to fight. There will allways be conflict.
      Harry could allways use his position to not even be in the Armed Forces. The Fact that he is and is in an Operational Area serviing his country speaks volumes about the Man. He has my respect

    • VJR says:

      02:06pm | 22/01/13

      Harry’s just trying to show us he’s a regular Army guy who hates all the privileges that comes with his position in the royal family.  Bullshit Harry you love it and so would I if I was in your place.

    • Colin says:

      02:35pm | 22/01/13

      @ Simon M

      “@ Colin Grow up. Its in human nature to fight. There will allways be conflict.”

      There will always be conflict with attitudes like that, for sure.

      And - just because it is supposedly in “...human nature to fight…”

      Must we all, therefore, be victims to our baser instincts? What a semi-evolved simian attitude you have.

    • BruceS says:

      02:53pm | 22/01/13

      To be taken seriously Lucy, you must try harder and lift your game.

    • Carz says:

      03:27pm | 22/01/13

      I’m sure I read that the interview was promised so that the media wouldn’t release details of Prince Harry’s location and duties whilst in Afghanistan. You know, like they did last time which led to him having to retrain and no longer be able to perform his chosen role, not to mention being taken out of a theatre of war.

      But hey, he could act like a Hilton pr a Kardashian. I mean, they stay out of trouble and serve their community and/or country with as little media intrusion as possible don’t they?

    • EC says:

      04:16pm | 22/01/13

      Sorry Lucy, looks like the tribe has spoken and they have said that your article is a fizzer.

    • nudelino says:

      04:28pm | 22/01/13

      Bye bye Punch, you’ve lost a reader.

    • Colin says:

      05:04pm | 22/01/13

      @ nudelino

      “Bye bye Punch, you’ve lost a reader.”

      But - hey - that means Simpleton Weekly has gained one, so it all balances out hey..?

    • Bonestar says:

      05:41pm | 22/01/13

      @Colin

      The only simpleton is the one who replied to someone who said they weren’t reading anymore

    • Bonestar says:

      05:22pm | 22/01/13

      Wasn’t what happened in Vegas common knowledge for the whole world? Same goes for Kate’s pregnancy etc. I don’t know what Lucy Kippist is on about. Harry’s doin a stellar job sortin out that Taliban trash and the whole Commonwealth should be proud of him.

    • stephen says:

      05:45pm | 22/01/13

      He reminds me a bit of Jamie Oliver.
      (I’d like to know what he does with his garlic.)

 

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