Prince Harry Almost Lost His Life In Afghanistan
Prince Harry passed his Regular Commissions Board (RCB) assessment in 2004. This is a prerequisite for anyone joining the army. The qualification is necessary to train at Sandhurst.
Following his successful assessment, Prince Harry was commissioned as an army officer. He then served in the British Army for 10 years, starting as an armored reconnaissance troop leader.
Prince Harry served in the Army Air Corps from 2005 to 2015 and made two tours to Afghanistan in 2007-08 and 2012-13.
Inches away from death
On 13th April 2008, Prince Harry was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with The Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals). And he came close to death the very same year. While on tour in Afghanistan, Prince Harry’s unit narrowly missed driving over a landmine.
Prince Harry was a forward air controller at the time. His job was to scout ahead for Taliban troops. Captain Dickon Leigh-Wood who was part of Prince Harry’s unit spoke of the incident.
One of the vehicles in the column suddenly noticed something flick underneath the tank in front and everyone was ordered to stop.
A number of vehicles in the convoy, including the one Prince Harry was in, had missed the pressure plate attached to the mine by mere inches. Any closer and the landmine would have gone off, causing casualties.
Thankfully, that was not the case. The landmine was safely diffused, and Prince Harry was able to continue with his mission.
He still supports veterans
Prince Harry may no longer be in fatigues, but he still supports the military. He started the Invictus Games in 2014, which gives injured veterans the opportunity to compete in sports.
He also regularly attends the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) sponsored Veterans’ Mental Health Conference.
Till date, he continues to lend his voice to causes that support the welfare of war veterans and their families.