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Prince Harry downplays 'hero' talk

March 2, 2008 at 11:56 AM

LONDON, March 2 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince Harry has downplayed talk that he is a "hero" for serving in Afghanistan, instead choosing to praise the soldiers he served alongside.

The member of the British royal family third in line to the throne, who was forced to return home after his stationing in Afghanistan was leaked by foreign media, said he wants to return to the war-torn country "very, very soon," the BBC reported Sunday.

The prince detailed his experiences during his overseas deployment, citing the courage and dedication of the British soldiers he encountered.

"There were two injured guys who came back on the plane with us who were essentially comatose throughout the whole way ... those are the heroes, those were guys who had been blown up by a mine that they had no idea about, serving their country, doing a normal patrol," Harry said.

The BBC said the prince also took time to praise members of the British media for not reporting his whereabouts as part of their agreement with the British government.

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