By Tom Bannister
In a similar way to how parents may steer a mouthy small child away from an obese person, or an un-pc elderly relative away from an ‘ethnic’ person, it has been announced that Prince Harry will not be travelling to China because the 28-year old cannot be trusted to say the right things.
The British prince had been scheduled to tour the country sometime early this year but the prince’s visit has now been scrapped, says an article by the Daily Telegraph. The paper quotes the British Foreign Office (FCO) as saying that “China was not seen as the ‘right fit’ for Prince Harry at this stage in his life”.
In keeping with the proud traditions of his family (‘family’), Harry has a sketchy record of being ‘politically correct’. Many in the Foreign Office may actually be breathing a sigh of relief after the cancellation of the trip, relieved that they can now hand the prince back his Japanese army costume and billiard cues.
The timing of the announcement may well have something to do with Harry’s recent revelations about his army life. A couple of weeks ago he gave a TV interview about his 4-month tour of Afghanistan where he flies Apache helicopters. In the interview he admitted that he enjoyed being out there and likened fighting in Afghanistan to playing a computer game. The Taliban – hardly renowned for their ‘winning hearts and minds’ strategies themselves – criticised his remarks for their lack of humanity.
The FCO may well have felt that if Harry’s lack of sensitivity managed to offend the Taliban, then it was too much to risk him damaging UK relations with China with a few un-pc Duke-of-Edinburgh-like remarks.