Prince Harry ‘accidentally triggered Palace alarm after drunk night’, soldier claims

A former solider who served in the Guards Division at St James's Palace has revealed that Prince Harry once accidentally set off a panic alarm after returning from a drunken night out.

The soldier, who has remained anonymous, recalls that Harry, who was 27 and in the army at the time, drunkenly entered a sentry box where he fell over and knocked into the emergency response button.

After the alarm sounded, three armed soldiers from the Guards Division and two armed police officers rushed to the scene, only to find the Duke on the floor, whom they then helped to his bed.

The former solider, who was part of the Quick Response Force that found Harry that night, recalled the event, telling The Sun that the Prince was “blind drunk”.

He told the publication: "He was a mess, he was on the floor drooling on himself. When we tried to get him up he was uncooperative and abusive."

The ex-soldier added that the Prince had the reputation of being a "social hand grenade" among military circles, and that stories of his drunken antics were continually shared at Wellington Barracks, the home of the Guards Division.

Describing the Prince's behaviour on that night, the guard said: "He was slurring his words, not making any sense. When we tried to pick him up he started yelling, ‘get off me, I don’t need any help’. He was pushing us off and being very abusive.”

He continued, describing Harry's apartment in the palace, which he says was a "right state" and resembled "student digs."

Harry was off duty and is believed to have been out with civilian friends at the time of the sentry box incident.

The incident in the sentry box was not recorded in the handover guard report that night, with the soldier claiming that a commanding officer called the guard room the next day insisted that it was kept secret.

OK! have contacted reps for the Duke of Sussex.

The ex-soldier's claims come after Prince Harry's army instructor revealed he was left shocked by some of the claims in Harry's memoir Spare.

Former Sergeant Major Michael Booley rubbished claims made by the Prince that he deliberately stalled their Slingsby T67 Firefly propeller plane without warning as part of a training exercise.

Discussing this inaccuracy, Booley said: "Whilst the book compliments me, the recollection of the sorties and lessons is inaccurate, I’m afraid. It’s important to highlight that nothing in the cockpit comes as a surprise."

Booley ultimately blames ghostwriter John Joseph Moehringer for the inaccuracy in the book, saying of Harry: "He was an exceptional student, very talented indeed. He is a friend and a man I respect immensely who would always have my ear."

The memoir has also been criticised by a number of other military individuals after Harry wrote that he had killed 25 people while serving in Afghanistan.

Speaking to the Mirror, Colonel Kemp, who was a commander of British forces in Afghanistan, said: "All the good work Prince Harry did on behalf of the Armed forces has been undermined by his comments. Not only has he gone too far in talking about this in terms of himself but it may have repercussions for others.

"As a member of Royal Family he has to accept being something of an ambassador for the UK – so his comments may effect the security of his former comrades on foreign operations…"


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