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Prince Harry: Why the crisis in Afghanistan affects him so much


As the Taliban entered the capital and took power, the world is watching helplessly as the crisis in Afghanistan unfolds. A country that Prince Harry knows well, since he was deployed there twice during his years of service for the British army.

The critical situation in Afghanistan affects the whole world. This Monday, August 16, the Taliban now hold Kabul and have taken power. Millions of Afghans are desperately trying to leave the country by any means necessary. Prince Harry is certainly “devastated” by this tragic event in South Asia, according to the Daily Express. Indeed, the Duke of Sussex has many memories in this country. Before devoting himself to the service of the crown, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II served in the British army for 10 years. He was deployed twice in Afghanistan, in 2007 and in 2012. A formative stage in his life of which he has always been very proud.

Long before being the husband of Meghan Markle and living the American dream in California, Prince Harry has forged more painful experiences. Notably his months in Afghanistan: “One minute you’re asleep in bed, six minutes later you’re talking to someone on the ground who is being shot at,” he had said according to the British media. His first deployment in 2007 was kept secret for his own safety. Despite the difficult living conditions, the Duke of Sussex kept good memories of his years in Afghanistan, alongside his comrades. In particular, he appreciated the fact that he was considered as a simple anonymous soldier and not as a prince, reports the Daily Express.


Memories for the rest of his life

After officially leaving the military in 2015, Prince Harry had delivered a personal statement to pay tribute to all those he served with: “To the incredible people I served with on two missions in Afghanistan, the experiences I’ve had over the past ten years will stay with me for the rest of my life.” This crisis situation must certainly affect Archie and Lilibet Diana’s father by bringing back old memories. For now, Prince Charles’ son has not spoken publicly about this crisis. On Monday, August 16, all embassies have left the country and President Ashraf Ghani has also fled abroad.

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