Prince Harry Reflects on Military Service and Killing 25 Taliban Fighters in New Memoir

"When I was in the army, I promised myself I would be out before having a wife and kids..."

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In his new memoir, "Spare," Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, has revealed that he killed 25 Taliban fighters during his two tours of Afghanistan.

In the book, Harry writes about the experience, saying, "It seemed to me essential not to be afraid of that number [of people killed]. So my number is 25. It's not a number that fills me with satisfaction, but nor does it embarrass me."

He goes on to compare the Taliban fighters to "chess pieces removed from the board."

Despite the gravity of his actions, Harry reflects on his time in the military with fondness, stating, "I was no longer Prince Harry, I was Second Lieutenant Wales of the Blues and Royals, second oldest regiment of the British Army."

He adds that his time in the military allowed him to escape the drama of royal life and focus on something greater.

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Harry also speaks about the Invictus Games, an international competition for injured military veterans which he founded in 2014.

He shares, "When I was in the army, I promised myself I would be out before having a wife and kids, because I couldn't imagine the heartache of being apart for so long during deployment, the risk of possibly getting injured, and the reality that my family's lives could be changed forever if that happened."

Harry then expresses admiration and gratitude towards other military personnel and their families, stating that "every member of the Invictus community has experienced varying degrees of [difficult experiences]", and that he has "tremendous respect for what they and their families sacrifice in the name of service."

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