Soldier Reveals in Memoir How Prince Harry Saved Him from a Homophobic Attack
Although he may have may been wearing standard issue battle fatigues at the time, to one gay soldier Prince Harry was a knight in shining armor who protected him from a homophobic attack.
In an excerpt published by the Daily Mail from his soon to be released memoir, Out In The Army: My Life As A Gay Soldier, Lace Corporal James Wharton who was Prince Harry's gunner during four month training exercises in Canada, recounts the incident.
Wharton writes that during a four-month training exercise in Canada, he was "on track for a battering by six soldiers," and he finally decided to inform Harry, with whom he worked for several weeks.
"I told him: 'I think I'm about to be murdered by the infantry,'" Wharton recalls. "I climbed into the turret and talked Harry through exactly what had happened. He had a complete look of bewilderment on his face. I didn't hold back: I told him everything that had gone on. I couldn't stop the tears from welling up in my eyes."
Wharton writes of how Harry addressed the matter promptly.
"He said: 'Right. I'm going to sort this s--t out once and for all."
Wharton goes on to write, "Harry climbed out of the tank and started having a go. I worried he was about to make the whole thing worse, but he wasn't holding back. Prince Harry was sticking up for me and putting a stop to the trouble. I had been on track for a battering and had been rescued."
According to the memoir, the prince was able to defuse the situation. "He came back 10 minutes later and told me the problem had been 'sorted,'"
The description of Out In The Army: My Life As A Gay Soldier, on Amazon.com reads, Wharton "charts his incredible journey from punch bag to poster boy, along the way describing the troubles and trials of coming to terms with his sexuality. Late nights in the clubs of Soho to early mornings guarding the Queen; rocket attacks in the deserts of Iraq to tank rides with Prince Harry on the plains of Canada."
Wharton's memoir is scheduled to be released on June 18th.