Prince Harry of Wales reportedly saved a gay soldier from a homophobic attack in 2008.

Lance Corporal James Wharton, an openly gay serviceman, told the story of Harry’s heroic actions in his recently penned memoir Out In The Army. The excerpt regarding the incident was published in the Daily Mail.

While in Canada for a training exercise, the soldiers reportedly were competing to see who had gotten “laid” more while in the region. When Wharton, 21 at the time, announced he had “scored” the night before, the soldiers immediately knew he was talking about a fellow male soldier. While Harry found it amusing – calling him a “dirty dog” – the sergeants confronted Wharton’s partner from the night before. They then circled Wharton and accused him of starting false rumors about the man’s sexuality while using gay slurs.

Wharton returned to his vehicle to find Harry. Unable to hold back tears, he relayed the events to a concerned Harry. “I think I’m about to be murdered by the infantry,” he said. He recounted the confrontation to Harry, who responded, “Right, I'm going to sort this s–t out once and for all.”

When Wharton looked out from his vehicle, he saw Harry berating the soldiers and not holding back. Harry allegedly told them that they would face severe consequences if they continued to threaten Wharton with violence. "I will always be grateful to Harry and I will never forget,” Wharton wrote. “Until he went over I was on track for a battering." After Harry returned, he assured Wharton that the situation had been sorted out.

Prince Harry, born Henry Charles Albert David, began his service in the British Army in 2005. Since 2011, he has ranked as Captain within his regiment, the Blues and Royals.

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