I killed 25 people in Afghanistan – I don’t feel guilty about it, it was my job, Prince Harry reveals

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 02, 2008 A photograph made available on February 28, 2008, shows Britain's Prince Harry on patrol through the deserted town of Garmisir close to FOB Delhi (forward operating base), in Helmand province in Southern Afghanistan. - Scarred by the death of his mother, Prince Harry has struggled in the royal limelight for much of his life, and his fears for wife Meghan have now put him at loggerheads with his family. (Photo by John STILLWELL / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN STILLWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

PRINCE Harry has revealed he killed 25 people during his time in Afghanistan.

Writing in his autobiography Spare, the Duke of Sussex says he is neither proud nor ashamed of “taking human lives” as it was simply his job as a solider.

Prince Harry on patrol through in the Helmand province in southern Afghanistan in 2008

The Duke of Sussex worked as a helicopter pilot at Camp Bastion in 2012

Harry’s military career lasted 10 years and included two deployments to Afghanistan – in 2007 and 2008, and again in 2012 to 2013.

While working as an Apache helicopter pilot during the second, he flew on six missions that resulted in Taliban deaths.

The prince says that he did not think of the 25 as “people” but rather “chess pieces” that had to be taken off the board.

He also saw the insurgents he killed as “baddies eliminated before they could kill goodies”, he writes.

Soldiers do not usually know how many enemies they have wiped out, but Harry alleges he watched footage of each of his kills when he got back to base.

“My number is 25. It’s not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but nor does it embarrass me,” he says.

Harry was deployed as a forward air controller in the Helmand province during his tour in 2007.

He was “very proud” to serve there for more than two months before his location was leaked.

He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant with the Household Cavalry on in April 2008 then retrained as a helicopter pilot in the Army Air Corps.

Harry returned to Afghanistan in 2012 as a co-pilot and gunner at Camp Bastion for 20 weeks before leaving the military in March 2015.

He said at the time that killing insurgents was part of his job, and that “we take a life to save a life”.

What we’ve learned since Harry’s bombshell book was leaked:

  • Prince Harry claimed his brother William ‘attacked’ him in a row over Meghan Markle
  • Harry called his therapist instead of Meghan after the confrontation with his brother
  • Charles pleaded with Harry and William not to ‘make his final years a misery’
  • The Duke of Sussex revealed the nicknames he uses with William
  • Harry claimed William and Kate Middleton encouraged him to wear the infamous Nazi uniform
  • The duke said he does want to go to King Charles’ coronation, a trailer for his ITV interview has revealed
  • Breaking cover just hours before the explosive claims were revealed, Harry was seen on a dog walk
  • The duke feared Camilla would be his wicked stepmother
  • Harry accused Camilla of leaking stories & claimed she launched a campaign to marry Charles and get the crown

Security experts say the duke’s service makes him a top target for kidnapping, terrorism and a range of other threats.

Harry and wife Meghan Markle were stripped of their round-the-clock protection when they stepped back from royal duties.

The prince launched legal action against the government over the decision to take away his bodyguards, claiming it was unsafe for his family to return to the UK without them.

The Sussexes then sued again after being told they couldn’t even pay for police themselves. The court told them officers were not “guns for hire”.

They now fund their own security, which reportedly previously cost the taxpayer £5million a year.

Spare is due to hit shelves on January 10, but the Spanish edition is already for sale in some bookshops on the continent.

HOAR managed to nab one of the first copies. This story is based off a translation.

So far, it has emerged that William allegedly attacked his brother during a row over Meghan.

Wills allegedly branded the former Suits star “rude” and “difficult” then grabbed Harry by the collar.

He ripped his necklace before knocking him to the floor, smashing a dog bowl under his back, according to an extract published by The Guardian.

Other bombshells include Charles allegedly pleading with his sons not to make his final years a misery, accusing Camilla of leaking stories to the press, and Harry admitting to taking drugs.

Harry mans a 50mm machine gun aimed at Taliban fighters in 2008

Harry, William and Charles returned to RAF Brize Norton in 2008

Harry’s military career lasted 10 years

Harry was deployed twice to Afghanistan