British royal Prince Harry has issued an apology after he was caught on camera referring to an Army colleague as a "P*ki".

The prince is heard using the word to refer to a Pakistani trooper when he was training to be an officer at Sandhurst military academy in Berkshire, England three years ago.

The royal has now issued an apology over the incident

The clip, shot in 2006, was published by the U.K.'s News of the World newspaper on Sunday (11Jan08), and also shows the prince calling another cad et a "raghead" - an offensive term for an Arab.

Prince Harry helped to make the video, in which he introduces his friends by their nicknames and refers to one as "our little P*ki friend".

He is also filmed pretending to make a joke call to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The royal has now issued an apology over the incident.

A statement from St James's Palace says, "Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offence hi s words might cause. "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.

"There is no question that Prince Harry was in any way seeking to insult his friend".

It is not the first time the royal has courted controversy - he was force d to apologise in 2005 for wearing a Nazi outfit to a fancy dress party.

  1. by Grace Bracey 12th Jan 2009 16:00

    For heavens sake, leave him
    alone, if it happened in 2006 why wasn't it dealt with then?
    If they were friends, they probably had less than flattering names for each other.

  2. by Dawn 12th Jan 2009 18:40

    Why is calling a person from Pakistan a Paki being racist? I know of people from other parts of Asia who are offended when they are all lumped together and called Pakis, a bit like the ... Read More

  3. by janet essex 13th Jan 2009 12:05

    for gods sake leave that poor boy alone. what a lot of twat about something that happened 3 years ago. I lived in the states for 10 years and was always referred to as the limey it was a laugh.