That Time Prince Harry Protected a Gay Soldier From Homophobic Haters
To one soldier, Prince Harry is his savior.
Trooper James Wharton, one of the British army’s first openly gay soldiers, is praising the Prince in his new memoir, Out In The Army: My Life as a Gay Soldier, for protecting him against being brutally “battered” by six soldiers in a homophobic attack.
While serving at Canadian Forces Base Suffield, Wharton confided in the third-in-line to the British throne, who was his tank commander at the time, about how six sergeants threatened him after he “stupidly” revealed how he had “scored” with a fellow soldier.
In an expert printing on The Daily Mail, Wharton writes he “couldn’t stop the tears from welling up” as he shared his fear: “I think I’m going to be murdered by the infantry.” Prince Harry didn’t hesitate to step in:
“He said: ‘Right. I’m going to sort this s*** out once and for all.’
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.
He came back ten minutes later and told me the problem had been ‘sorted’. He told me: ‘I knew one of his officers and we cleared everything up. I also told those other lads to back the f*** off, too.’”
Now, Wharton, who left the Army in early 2013, will forever hold the Happy Prince in his heart. “I will always be grateful to Harry,” he wrote, “and I will never forget what happened.”