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Old 10-17-2009, 09:43 PM
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I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.

While I believe Prince William has a lot of growing up to do and he’ll need to prove himself just as his father and grandmother did, I don’t hold this particular matter (his non-deployment) against him: William and Harry would probably prefer to see active service to going to nightclubs.
In any case, personally I think they’d better stay in London, than risk not just their lives (all soldiers do that) but their fellow soldiers’ lives on the front line.
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:03 PM
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Seems we all have very different opinions when it comes to William which is normal for people on a forum. But now I'm going to change it up a bit. Here's some current news about him and his future with the RAF.

Sunday Express | UK News :: Cuts bring Wills back to earth
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:40 PM
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Well, this is interesting... if it's true.
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Old 10-18-2009, 04:24 PM
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And how long will it take some bright lad to understand he can earn $$$ if he sells the story to any news agency?
It wasn't 'some bright lad' who broke the news about Harry, it was a silly biddy on an Australian mag and an American, who had lost what little brain he was born with, IMO. British troops tend to be loyal and do not deliberately increase the danger for themselves or any of their comrades!

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Seems we all have very different opinions when it comes to William which is normal for people on a forum. But now I'm going to change it up a bit. Here's some current news about him and his future with the RAF.

Sunday Express | UK News :: Cuts bring Wills back to earth
Not entirely accurate or true!
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Old 10-18-2009, 04:54 PM
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It wasn't 'some bright lad' who broke the news about Harry, it was a silly biddy on an Australian mag and an American, who had lost what little brain he was born with, IMO. British troops tend to be loyal and do not deliberately increase the danger for themselves or any of their comrades!
I never questioned the loyalty of British troops, not will I ever do so: hundreds of articles I've read only speak of their dedication, heroism and courage.
By 'bright lad' I meant someone who'd be aware of the deployment - a secretary to an MP, a friend of a friend, anyone: things like that do have the tendency of leaking out eventually.
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:21 PM
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I guess we'll just have to wait and see what William does if he can't go through with his plans. It would be a real shame for his training to have been a waste.

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Seems we all have very different opinions when it comes to William which is normal for people on a forum. But now I'm going to change it up a bit. Here's some current news about him and his future with the RAF.

Sunday Express | UK News :: Cuts bring Wills back to earth
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:47 PM
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I agree, Mermaid. I'd be happy to see him start working as a full-time royal sooner, but it would be terrible if he'd trained -- and the country had spent money -- for nothing in the end.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:06 AM
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I agree, Mermaid. I'd be happy to see him start working as a full-time royal sooner, but it would be terrible if he'd trained -- and the country had spent money -- for nothing in the end.
Let me beg to differ, it would have been a waste of money anyway. He was just playing at soldiers as he would never have done anything that could have put him in danger in the slightest way.
He would have been called "hero" and worn medals in all the parades and that would be that. He would probably take over the controls on some aircraft with some photographers nearby as well as a few very experienced pilots and the next generation, not born yet, would be suitably impressed when they looked at "old" photos.
He is the heir to the heir and I am sure he is going to be looked after in the same way that all heirs and heirs to heirs have been for some time now.
The days when Kings and Princes led their men into battle are long gone.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:26 AM
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I am not so sure that it would have been a waste.

I do think that he would have been deployed to work in Search and Rescue in Britain - not in a war zone certainly but still actually operational.

He will get medals anyway - he already has a Jubilee Medal but that isn't the same as a service medal. Both Andrew and Harry have service medals. William will probably, like his father before him, never get those but, also like Charles, he will get medals for other reasons.
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Old 10-19-2009, 04:04 AM
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You are far more optimistic than I am ILuv. As for the medals, of course he will, loads of them.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:43 PM
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It's not his fault he can't go on the front lines and I'm sure he would prefer that. So he chose the next best thing in Search and Rescue. He can still serve and this way he can work at a job saving lives. You don't have to fight in a war to be a "hero".
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:16 AM
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I think it is questionably whether Harry was a hero for spending a short, well guarded time in a theatre of war. Unless William does something spectacular, which let us be honest, he would not be allowed to do, he will just be doing a job he wanted to do and is paid for. Hero seems to be becoming an over used word, so much so that people seem to forget the real meaning of the word.
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Does this description apply to either boy - not in my opinion.
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:29 PM
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Where did I say in my message that Harry was a hero? My point was you don't have to be on the front lines to "serve" your country. Doing Search and Rescue is just as worthy a way to serve. And I happen to think saving lives is a heroic thing to do.
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:32 AM
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Where did I say in my message that Harry was a hero?
You didn't and at no time have I said that you did if you read my post.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:32 AM
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I did read your post and from the way you responded it certainly sounded like you implied it.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:44 AM
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Hero seems to be becoming an over used word, so much so that people seem to forget the real meaning of the word.Does this description apply to either boy - not in my opinion.
I have the same dictionary as you Sky, there is no doubt that these days the word hero is losing its meaning because of the levity with which it is used.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:51 AM
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If you choose to read an implication into a post, then that is your choice!

Had I wanted to say 'you said' Harry was a hero, I would have put that. It was an observation of the way Harry was lauded as a hero for his few well guarded weeks and that IMO no matter if William is sat behind a desk, he will receive the same plaudits.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:53 AM
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Time to move on.

Let's all agree that we all have our own "interpretation" of what and who a hero is.

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Old 10-25-2009, 04:45 PM
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IMO no matter if William is sat behind a desk, he will receive the same plaudits.
Well he's not sitting behind a desk, he's training as a Searsh & Rescue pilot.
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Old 10-26-2009, 05:51 AM
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Well he's not sitting behind a desk, he's training as a Searsh & Rescue pilot.
If you have time to read the linked articles that generated the comment you have picked, you would see that some media outlets were stating that SAR services were being handed to civilians, making William redundant before he gets a chance to put that training into practise!
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