Former Army captain Prince Harry is responding to claims that he said he was “furious” at the treatment of hundreds of British soldiers who are being investigated for alleged abuses in Iraq.
Harry’s spokesman made a rare public denial concerning the report in The Sun on Monday, saying, “Prince Harry is passionate about work to support veterans and it will be a cause he champions for the rest of his life. He will always have been proud to have worn an Army uniform and knows first-hand the sacrifices servicemen and women make to protect their country.
“Prince Harry was painted positively by the paper in this story, but thinks it’s only fair that people know the facts. He has not expressed views on this topic to anyone and he does not believe it would have been appropriate for a member of The Royal Family to have done so.”
The statement added, “Prince Harry does not comment on issues like this because to do so would actually undermine his ability to support veterans both in the U.K. and overseas.”
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The royal, who served for 10 years and was deployed twice to Afghanistan, has been a vocal champion for active and veteran military members through a variety of efforts, including his Paralympic-style Invictus Games.
And it is something he will be “passionate” about and work for the “rest of his life,” his spokesman said at Kensington Palace on Monday.
In an interview with PEOPLE in May, the prince talked about his frustrations that despite being well trained and flying a multi-million dollar Apache helicopter, he felt powerless to help as he flew missions to save lives.