In the wake of frank admissions from Prince Harry — or Captain Wales as he is known in the Army — that he killed insurgents during his recent tour of duty at Camp Bastion, BBC3 is to broadcast a documentary following the royal into action in the skies above Afghanistan.
In interviews recorded at Camp Bastion, when the Prince was asked if he had killed from the cockpit of his Apache attack helicopter, he replied, "Yeah, so lots of people have. If there's people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game, I suppose. Take a life to save a life." He also claimed that playing video games on down time, helped boost his accuracy when up in the air firing at the enemy.
While both Sky News and BBC News are showing 30-minute Prince Harry documentaries tonight at 8.30pm, they are thought to be made up of news coverage based on the footage provided by Ministry of Defence access. The hour-long Prince Harry: Frontline Afghanistan promises more in-depth interviews than have been seen on global news outlets, with extra footage of the Prince at work as an attack helicopter co-pilot/gunner.
Prince Harry, 28, joined the Army in 2005 and completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan as a Forward Air Controller from 2007 to 2008. He later trained as a helicopter pilot and gained his wings in May 2010. In September 2012 he was deployed to Afghanistan for a four-month tour, from which he has just returned.
Replacing next Monday's billed repeat showing of Transsexual Teen Beauty Queen at 9pm, Prince Harry: Frontline Afghanistan will be presented on location in Afghanistan by Richard Bacon, and is also scheduled to be shown at 8pm next Tuesday.