Brit Army Chief Wants Prince Harry Doc Withdrawn
LONDON -- The head of Britain's armed forces has written to Channel 4 pleading with the broadcaster not to air a drama fictionalizing the kidnap and capture of Prince Harry in Afghanistan.
In The Taking of Prince Harry, due to air Oct. 21, the younger of the royal heirs is seen being held captive at gunpoint and in other scenes he is forced to take part in Taliban propaganda.
Sir Jock Stirrup has written to Channel 4 chairman Sir Terry Burns warning that the broadcast would be distressing for the families of armed personnel serving in the region and could potentially impact morale.
The Prince served in Afghanistan for 10 weeks in 2008 under a media blackout that was subsequently broken, provoking a debate about whether his presence put soldiers serving alongside him in the field under greater threat.
Channel 4 said it has written to the Air Chief Marshal and responded to the concerns expressed, but insisted that it was a legitimate subject to explore.
"The film is rooted in expert testimony and is a serious journalistic examination of a current issue. It treats the subject matter sensitively."