(PresidentialHill.com)- Prince Harry says he took the lives of 25 people during his time in the military, according to his recently published memoir, “Spare.” After hearing the news, social media erupted in a wave of criticism, according to The Daily Caller.
Harry reportedly served in Afghanistan as an air controller in air raids from 2007 to 2008 and then piloted an attack helicopter in 2012. He said he was part of six missions that led to “the taking of human lives,” where he compared killing people to removing pieces from a chessboard.
“My number is 25. It’s not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but nor does it embarrass me,” Harry wrote, adding that the helicopter had cameras on its nose that would show him his kill count.
The memoir was the first time Harry opened up about his military service and the number of people he killed. It is likely to increase concerns for his safety as he was always a target for both being a member of the royal family and his two deployments to Afghanistan, according to The Telegraph.
He took legal action last year when the Home Office decided not to provide him full police protection for him and his family when they’re visiting the UK. The loss of taxpayer-funded security reportedly makes him feel unsafe.
Harry writes about watching each kill from the camera, saying that he saw those he killed as “baddies eliminated before they could kill goodies.” He added that when seeing someone as a person it is not easy to kill them, but the Army had trained him to “other” them.
The prince wrote that he did not feel guilty about his service because he remembers watching when planes strike the World Trade Center in New York City.
Twitter was skeptical of Harry’s military service, with one user tweeting that he was “protected until the day he departed.”