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Prince Harry qualifies as Apache helicopter pilot

Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Britains Prince Harry listens as his brother Prince William (not pictured) delivers a speech in west London Thursday Jan. 8, 2009. A British newspaper says it has video footage of Prince Harry allegedly using offensive and racist language. The Sunday tabloid The News of The World reported that Harry, third in line to the British throne, used offensive terms to refer to people from Pakistani and people of Arab descent. Britains St. Jamess Palace _ the office of Harry and his elder brother Prince William _ said on Saturday that Harry was sorry for any offense caused. The newspaper said the video was recorded three years ago. It alleged he called one person a paki and referred to others as ragheads. (AP Photo/Toby Melville, pool)

Britain's Prince Harry listens as his brother Prince William (not pictured) delivers a speech in west London Thursday Jan. 8, 2009. A British newspaper says it has video footage of Prince Harry allegedly using offensive and racist language. The Sunday tabloid The News of The World reported that Harry, third in line to the British throne, used offensive terms to refer to people from Pakistani and people of Arab descent. Britain's St. James's Palace _ the office of Harry and his elder brother Prince William _ said on Saturday that Harry was sorry for any offense caused. The newspaper said the video was recorded three years ago. It alleged he called one person a "paki" and referred to others as "ragheads." (AP Photo/Toby Melville, pool)

Britain's defense ministry says Prince Harry has qualified as an Apache attack helicopter pilot, graduating as the best co-pilot gunner in his class after 18 months of training.

The ministry said Thursday the prize recognizes the student whose performance is the best among their peer group.

Known in the military as Capt. Wales, the third-in-line to the British throne was awarded his prize Wednesday.

The prince, who trained in California, in southern Arizona and in Britain, will now fly Apaches on exercises in the U.K.

In December, a British newspaper said Harry had acknowledged he will be deployed to Afghanistan for a second time. He briefly served there from 2007. The defense ministry has declined to confirm details of the prince's future deployments.

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