Harry's Afghan Downtime: Playing Butler, Board Games

Apparently, he really likes games
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2013 1:40 PM CST
Harry's Afghan Downtime: Playing Butler, Board Games
In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, Prince Harry wears a Santa hat as he shows media his sleeping area at the VHR (very high readiness) tent, close to the flight-line, at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.   (John Stillwell)

More tidbits from Prince Harry's media blitz upon his return from Afghanistan: His off-duty time in Afghanistan appeared to be full of war movies, board games, and elaborate candy trades. The 28-year-old helicopter pilot and fellow members of his squad swapped Kit Kats and Rice Krispies Squares for American soldiers' M&Ms, according to a British media pool report released today. Other high- and lowlights:

  • Playing butler: The third-in-line to the UK throne said anyone who lost at Uckers—a military game similar to Ludo or Parcheesi—had to then wait on his comrades like a Buckingham Palace butler, ready with a fresh cup of tea whenever anyone rang their bell. "Whoever loses ... then you have to make brews for everybody all day," Harry said.
  • On rumors that he's far better at PlayStation than board games: "I don't know who told you that," he told reporters. "I lost two days ago, and yesterday, so since you guys have been here I've only lost."
  • His favorites while deployed: Chicken and broccoli, Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now, and Platoon. Also spotted: Black Hawk Down, the Ridley Scott film about a helicopter raid gone wrong in Somalia—an interesting choice for an Apache pilot.
(Read more Prince Harry stories.)

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