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What Was the Twenty-Something Harry Actually Like?



The year is 2007, Harry’s twenty-three and he has problems he can’t handle alone. The army considers him a security risk. The media thinks he’s a spoiled brat. Girls like him for the prince he wishes he wasn’t. He hopes his coming service in Afghanistan will help him prove himself to everyone who underestimates him. Instead, his deployment exposes the vulnerability under his bad boy persona and results in a comic coming of age he definitely didn’t see coming.

Harry’s always hated the press so what's he supposed to do when he falls for a CNN reporter? It doesn’t help that she’s disguised as a man to evade the Pentagon’s ban on women serving in front line positions. Nor does Harry plan on making a gay best friend in a brother officer named Mustafa. And what’s his former nanny doing on the plane to Kabul? There’s also a warlord driving a Mercedes and a colonel who’d much rather be reading Shakespeare. They all stumble across repressed trauma from Harry’s childhood. If he can learn to deal with that, our hero may find horizons he never thought possible.

Inspired by satirical war novels such as Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honor trilogy on Word War II and Robert Graves's Goodbye to All That on WW I, this is the first published fiction on Prince Harry’s wartime experience. Some of the setting for it came from Robert Byron's Road to Oxiana and Rory Stewart's The Places In Between. But this is also a lighthearted read that doesn’t take itself too seriously.