Its not Harry!

The Guardian said:
That's not our Harry, says Clarence House after royal security breach

Richard Norton-Taylor
Friday June 17, 2005
The Guardian

Security procedures at the Sandhurst military academy in Surrey where Prince Harry is an army officer cadet will be tightened up after a journalist entered the grounds and made a fake bomb.
Defence sources made that clear yesterday before the latest in a series of embarrassing royal security lapses developed into a dispute between the Sun newspaper and Clarence House, the prince's official home.

After initially saying it did not comment on security matters, Clarence House then denied that video footage taken by a Sun undercover reporter was of Harry. "Having reviewed the footage and spoken to those who were with Harry we are of the opinion that it is not him," a spokeswoman said.

"It isn't Harry. He does not use those buildings", a spokesman said later. This was echoed by the military academy, who said it "categorically" was not him.

The newspaper insisted the video did show the prince. A Sun spokeswoman said: "The footage is Prince Harry. We stand by it 100%. The Clarence House denial is absurd."

Earlier, John Reid, the defence secretary, said: "I have demanded an immediate investigation into this serious security breach. I have instructed Sandhurst to change their procedures to prevent a recurrence."

An MoD spokesman said all breaches of security were taken extremely seriously. "Sandhurst is now conducting a review of its procedures and changes will be made."

The Sun said its reporter, whom it described as "The Investigator", walked unchallenged around the academy's grounds for seven hours after posing as a student who had arranged a visit to the library.

On its front page it printed a photo, taken from the video, of someone it said was the prince with fellow cadets alongside the headline: "I could have blown Harry to bits".

The reporter had sent an email to the academy's librarian saying he wanted to research the 1991 Gulf war. He said he received an email back confirming an appointment.

The newspaper said the reporter was waved through security and went into the library before wandering off. Under normal procedure at military bases, soldiers or police at the entrance check with all visitors' contacts before letting them through.

The reporter said he later returned to his car where he constructed a fake bomb from wires, plasticine, a battery and clock. After seven hours at the base he was finally challenged but simply asked for directions to a shop and was sent on his way, the Sun said.

A policeman approached him soon afterwards but was satisfied with the reporter's explanation and allowed him to stay on the base. The reporter eventually drove out of the gate without being searched or handing in his passes, he said.

In June 2003, comedian Aaron Barschak climbed on to the stage at Prince William's 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle dressed in an Osama bin Laden costume.

Two months ago, two royal protection police officers were removed from duties after a Sun journalist drove into the grounds of Windsor Castle with a fake bomb inside a hired van.
Full story is here!

Now, I believe that it was ARRSE who first identified that it wasn't Harry (because of the gaysacks being carried - can't find link) but the pictures were of younglings outside the barber shop behind the gym. Is Clarence House saying that Hazza doesn't get his hair cut?? :D


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Quite, Clarence Hse is just digging in deeper. All they had to say was that it wasn't Harry. We can all see that it isn't him. So what.... rubbish the Scum for fabricating stories again.

Problem solved (well apart from blowing up News Corp HQ).


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Surely with wireless internet broadband, telephones, duvets, teddy bears et al that OCdts at Sandbags, that all will be avid subscribers to this site and therefore tie purchasers......
Do they have free internet access, DVDs and tea-making facilities at the Sandhurst library? If they do I might send a letter off and join too!



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Parrots Knee says that you get it in your room!!!

In my day, when I was at Sandhurst, before the turn of the milenium........ bah, humbug.

Rustling of a suitably respectable broadsheet newspaper...
Darth_Doctrinus said:
Now, I believe that it was ARRSE who first identified that it wasn't Harry (because of the gaysacks being carried - can't find link)
I can now bottom this one out:

barbs said:
The footage I've seen, and the photos are not of Prince Harry - the juniors have been issues the new black gaysack not the gayer green one.
The link is here!

Thanks RC - I was already doing it...
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