Prince Harry's War

JOHN STILLWELL / PA

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: The prince, at center, blended in with troops in Helmand

Alas poor Harry. whatever you think about the wisdom of mounting a complex operation to deploy one inexperienced 23-year-old soldier to the frontline of a controversial war; whether your instincts are royalist or republican; if you are disturbed by the spectacle of Britain's usually tenacious media bowing to the wishes of palace, military and government, and suppressing a story — no matter what your response to the Afghanistan adventuring of Britain's warrior prince, it's hard not to feel sorry for him.

This is a boy born to redundancy, a second son in a tradition that regards the eldest...

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