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New Book Tells How Prince Harry Saved Fellow Soldier From Homophobic Bullying

Gay UK solider Trooper James Wharton in his new book Out In The Army, talks about a serving in the military alongside Prince Harry and about a confrontation where Harry stepped in to save  him after he was confronted by six  soldiers threatening to ‘batter’ him .

Homosexuality had been legal in the British  Forces since 2000, but there was still a long way to go. I found this to my cost  just few years later when I woke badly injured in Chelsea and Westminster  Hospital, the result of a vicious attack by a fellow  soldier at my  Knightsbridge barracks.

He had kicked, punched and battered me with  an iron pole as he screamed words like ‘queer’. I looked horrific. The blood was  oozing out of me. If he’d continued, he’d have faced a murder charge.

But 12 months later, when one of my officers  in the Household Cavalry looked at a photograph of me and my boyfriend on my  barrack room wall – and told me we looked good together – I knew I had made the  right decision to be open about my sexuality.

That officer was Prince Harry, and he was to  prove one of my greatest protectors.


The following morning, I made a fatal mistake.  Some of the boys were in  competition as to who had got ‘laid’ the most while in  Canada

I stupidly said, very proudly,  that I’d  scored the night before.  Everyone knew who I was talking about.  (No, it wasn’t Harry it was another solider)  I knew it  wouldn’t take five  minutes for the story to swoop the tank park.

Harry found the whole thing quite amusing. He  jokingly referred to me as a  dirty dog before walking off to do something on  our vehicle.

When the news reached the infantry, things  went into overdrive. Some of them circled the poor lad, taunting him. I’d caused  the whole thing by  opening my big mouth. I’d practically outed the poor guy. 

Panicking, I dropped down into the turret of  the tank I was working on and began carrying out some maintenance on the gun. 

Then my mate Danny appeared, panic on his  face, too. ‘Mate, you need to come down here, it’s all kicking off,’ he said. 

Standing in front of me were six  extremely  angry infantry sergeants. ‘Have you been spreading rumours  about our Martin?’ I  was asked.

I didn’t even know his name.

‘Why have you been lying? He’s no faggot!’ 

This was turning into a bit of a situation.  Danny told them everything he’d  seen and to back off. Under huge pressure I  went back to my vehicle to  find Prince Harry.

‘Sir, I need to talk to you.’

‘Why? What’s up? Are you OK?’

Harry instantly looked concerned. I told him:  ‘I think I’m about to be murdered by the infantry.’

I climbed into the turret and talked  Harry  through exactly what had happened. He had a complete look of  bewilderment on  his face.

I didn’t hold back: I told him everything  that had gone on. I couldn’t stop the tears from welling up in  my eyes. 

He said: ‘Right. I’m going to sort this s***  out once and for all.’

Harry climbed out of the tank and started  having a go. I worried he was about to make the whole thing worse, but he wasn’t  holding back. Prince Harry was sticking up for me and putting a stop to the  trouble. I had been on track for a battering and had been rescued.

He came back ten minutes later and told me  the problem had  been ‘sorted’.

He told me: ‘I knew one of his officers and  we cleared everything up. I also told those other lads to back the f*** off,  too.’

But Wharton’s book isn’t all seriousness when it comes to the handsome ginger Prince.  He also lets it be know Harry is well aware of his gay “sex symbol” image.

As we bobbed along, Harry and I  occasionally  banging our hips on the hatches to our turret, the three of us bantered over the  vehicle’s intercom system, the only way we could  talk because of the noise of  the engine.

Harry mentioned that he and his brother had  been informed some time ago that they were both gay icons, which made me laugh. 

He replied: ‘What? What? We are!’

‘I don’t think you are, sir!’ I said. 

‘Why? We are! Our press people told us!’  Harry insisted.

I said: ‘Honestly, I’m sure you’re not  .  .  .’

And he replied: ‘Is it because I’m f***ing  ginger?’

So head on over to the DailyMail to read more excerpts from Wharton’s book Out in the Army  and learn more about the brave, handsome, ginger sex symbol  Price Harry.

Or as I like to refer to him the man who should be my husband.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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