Videos purportedly shot by Britain’s Prince Harry and including offensive language prompted an official apology Saturday from the prince and the royal family.
According to the British-based News of the World, which released the videos on its Web site, the videos show British soldiers while a voice presumed to be Harry’s calls one solider a “Paki,” and in another clip tells soldier wearing a cloth on his head that he looks “like a raghead.”
A spokesman for Prince Harry apologized in a statement released by St. James’s Palace Saturday after the videos surfaced online. The spokesman said the prince — who is third in line to the British throne — “understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offense his words might cause.”
It is not first apology for offensive behavior by Prince Harry. In 2005, he was photographed wearing a Nazi uniform to a party, for which he said he was sorry.
“It was a very stupid thing to do and I’ve learned my lesson, simple as that really,” he said in a September 2005 interview marking his 21st birthday. “I’d like to put it in the past now. What’s done is done. I regret it.”
The videos, filmed during his military service in 2006, were shot by the prince, according to the Web site.