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Prince Harry will not be sent to Iraq May 16, 2007

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prince_harry.jpg  Prince Harry is “very disappointed” but will not quit the army, Clarence House later said.

Prince Harry will not be sent with his unit to Iraq, Britain’s top general said Wednesday, citing specific threats to the third in line to the throne.

Sir Richard Dannatt, the army chief of staff,  said the changing situation on the ground exposed the Prince to too much danger. “There have been a number of specific threats, some reported and some not reported, that relate directly to Prince Harry as an individual,” Dannatt said. “These threats exposed him and those around him to a degree of risk I considered unacceptable.”

Clarence House, the office of Harry’s father, Prince Charles, issued a statement declaring Harry’s disappointment that “he will not be able to go to Iraq with his troop deployment as he had hoped.” “He fully understands Gen. Dannatt’s difficult decision and remains committed to his army career,” the statement said. “Prince Harry’s thoughts are with the rest of the battle group in Iraq.

The Defence Ministry had long said the decision would be kept under review amid concerns for the security of Harry, a second lieutenant, and other soldiers serving with him. The 22-year-old Prince is a tank commander trained to lead a 12-man team in four armoured reconnaissance vehicles.

Harry would have been the first member of the British Royal family to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew as a helicopter pilot in the Falklands conflict with Argentina in 1982. There have been reported threats by Iraqi insurgents to kill or kidnap the Prince, including claims his photograph had been widely circulated among insurgents.

Harry, the younger son of Charles and Diana, the late Princess of Wales, has been a frequent face on the front of Britain’s tabloid newspapers, which have constantly covered his party-going lifestyle at glitzy London nightclubs.

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