A former British soldier, who was the first openly gay serviceman to feature on the front of Soldier magazine, has told how Prince Harry stepped in to protect him from other soldiers.
James Wharton served alongside the Duke of Sussex in the Household Cavalry, describing him as a "good" officer who was "well-liked". Wharton said Harry, who was his tank commander in 2008, was "quite offended" by the incident and "told them off".
"I'd got myself into a bit of a situation with some soldiers from another regiment and, essentially, they didn't like the fact I was gay," Wharton recalled. "They were sort-of chest poking me and making me feel quite uncomfortable".
"I got into my tank where Prince Harry was doing something, and he could see that I was clearly affected by something and he asked me what the problem was. I told him that there were a couple of soldiers outside who weren't very happy with the fact I was gay".
"Quite offended that his gunner was being picked on by these people, Prince Harry went out and saw these soldiers and spoke to them, and the problem went away. He told them off and they left me alone." After that, soldiers left Wharton alone.
Prince Harry served in the Army for ten years, rising to the rank of captain and taking part in two tours of Afghanistan.
James Wharton in Soldier's cover
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