Obviously Prince Harry is a man (man! wow – I feel old) who honestly wants to be in the military. He honestly wants to feel like he’s contributing to his country’s army as opposed to just having the title but not actually doing anything. He and his superiors obviously worked VERY hard to allow Harry to go into battle without threatening his safety due to publicity around his deployment.
It worked for ten weeks. During those ten weeks, I can’t help but think that Harry was having a ball in Afghanistan – doing the very thing he’s been training all these years to do. I imagine he was extremely ticked off when he found out that news of his location was leaked in the press. Despite all that hard work, Matt Drudge, an online tabloid journalist, decided to break the story, effectively putting Harry and his men in danger while the British military scrambled to get him out of there for fear of terrorists coming out of the woodwork to kill him.
Back in the 1930s, Franklin Delano Roosevelt lived in a wheelchair. And yet hardly anyone in the country knew, because the press was asked NOT to photograph him in the chair. And the press abided by that request. As a result, FDR was a highly respected politician without the specter of being known as “the one who can’t walk” and thus be seen as weak not only physically but as a President. Pity that the press nowadays refuses to do the same thing, under the guise of “freedom of the press.” It’s a pity that today’s press (and by this I mean Drudge in particular) wouldn’t allow this young British man serve his country – something he’s wanted to do for years.