A gay former captain has opened up about how Prince Harry intervened to protect him from homophobic abuse in the army.
James Wharton told Forces News Agency that Prince Harry was his tank commander in 2008 when he experienced a homophobic attack with fellow soldiers.
I’d got myself into a bit of a situation with some soldiers from another regiment and, essentially, they didn’t’ like the fact that I was gay,” Wharton said.
“They were sort-of chest poking me and making me feel quite uncomfortable.
“I got into my tank where Prince Harry was doing something, and he could see that I was clearly affected by something and he asked me what the problem was.”
Wharton continued: “I told him that there were a couple of soldiers outside who weren’t very happy with the fact that I was gay.”
Prince Harry was ‘quite offended’ that gay soldier was being targeted because of his gender interest.
He revealed that the Duke of Sussex was “quite offended” that he was being picked on.
“Prince Harry went out and saw these soldiers and spoke to them, and the problem went away,” he said.
“He told them off and they left me alone.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Wharton praised Prince Harry as a “good” officer who was “well-liked”.
This is not the first time Wharton has opened up about Prince Harry’s support while they served in the armed forces together. In 2013, his book Out in the Army delved into his experiences as a gay man in the British Army.
Prince Harry went out and saw these soldiers and spoke to them, and the problem went away.