Prince Harry says he is extremely sorry for using the term “Paki” about a member of his platoon.
The soldier referred to as a Paki by Prince Harry is thought to be Ahmed Raza Khan who won an award at Sandhurst for being the best overseas trainee.
Khan, from Pakistan, was presented with the Overseas Sword at the military academy by the Queen.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence declined to confirm Ahmed’s identity.
A statement from St James Palace said Harry used the Paki remark three years ago as a nickname about a friend and without any malice.
The Prince had reportedly been caught on video while he was an officer cadet at Sandhurst military academy.
It was filmed in front of other cadets at an airport departure lounge as they waited for a flight to Cyprus to go on manoeuvres.
In a separate incident, Harry is heard in the video calling another officer cadet a “raghead”.
A statement from St James’s Palace said: “Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offence his words might cause.”
It continued: “However, on this occasion three years ago, Prince Harry used the term without any malice and as a nickname about a highly popular member of his platoon.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence said: “Neither the Army nor the Armed Forces tolerates inappropriate behaviour in any shape or form.
“The Army takes all allegations of inappropriate behaviour very seriously and all substantive allegations are investigated.
“We are not aware of any complaint having been made by the individual.”
Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP for Perry Barr in Birmingham, added: “This might have been said in a light-hearted manner but ultimately it’s offensive to a lot of people.
“He needs to understand that this is not acceptable, especially in light of the office that he is going to hold in the Army and as a member of the Royal Family.”
Thanks: Yahoo News