Choice or Duty?

You might recall that last month Prince Harry of Wales was in a group that was called to serve in Iraq. On previous occasions the Prince said that if called, he would serve, as that is his duty as a member of Britain’s armed forces. I read today on BBC News that officials are now debating whether it is wise to send the third heir to the British throne into the fray. His unit was scheduled to be deployed in a few weeks time and has been undergoing last minute preparations. According to the report, Prince Harry’s said that he would be dissappointed if made to stay, but he would finish his time in the Army, contrary to reports saying that he would quit.

The report made me wonder: Should the Prince choose his course, or should he put his royal duty to be available to his country above all else? This situation sounds like the plot of a movie, but it is interesting to think about. I suppose I believe that the Prince should be able to make that decision for himself, but I still understand the worries on the side of the officials. Where does one draw the line between what he is born to, and what he wishes to become?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6596653.stm

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