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Prince Harry''s Afghan heroics earn him venerated honorary Gorkha title
Published on 2 Nov. 2008 1:08 AM IST
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The heroics of Prince Harry, third in the line of succession to the British throne, was revealed for the first time while battling Taliban in Afghanistan as he was made an honorary Gorkha while serving with the fearsome troops. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall met Gorkha soldiers in Brunei, and heard how Prince Harry had been made an honorary Gorkha when he served with the Nepalese fighters in Afghanistan, because he was "so liked". Harry, 24, earned the respect of the crack Nepalese warriors as he spent six of his 10 weeks on the frontline in Afghanistan bravely fighting alongside them. His comrades in lawless Helmand province - armed with their terrifying Kukri knives and famed for their killing skills - were so impressed they made him one of their own, The Sun reported. And to prove it they awarded the Household Cavalry lieutenant the greatest tribute they could bestow - one of their lethal daggers. Harry's courage finally came to light yesterday after his dad Prince Charles paid a special visit to Gorkhas. Charles, who is Colonel in Chief of the Gorkhas, told Lance Corporal Bhim Garbuja, 25: "I am so proud that my son was able to serve with the Gorkhas, especially after all these years." He then joked: "I hear you were feeding him fiendish quantities of curried goat. He has a fantastic sense of humour." The soldier replied: "Yes. He liked our food - especially the curry." Captain Surya Gurung said Charles was right to feel proud and went on to give a heartfelt salute to his son at the garrison of the Royal Gurkha Rifles in Seria. "Harry was so liked by the soldiers. He is a good officer and he earned their respect in the field of battle," he revealed.

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