Karzai says Prince Harry should be 'allowed to make mistakes'

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 05, 2013 05:22 hrs

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has dismissed Prince Harry's comparison of war to video games, claiming that 'young men make mistakes'.

The 28-year-old Army captain gave 'candid' descriptions of killing Taliban, as he returned from a 20-week tour of Afghanistan.

But speaking to ITV News and The Guardian Karzai, who has a long-standing friendship with Prince Charles, refused to add his voice to the backlash.

According to the Telegraph, Prince Harry had claimed that his prowess on computers had helped him on the battlefield, and described taking insurgents 'out of the game'.

Karzai, who described The Prince of Wales as 'a very fine gentleman', said of the furor that 'Prince Harry is a young man, we do give exits to young men when they make mistakes.'

When pushed on the issue he replied that "as he's a young man, and young men do make mistakes talking, while behaving, all of us have gone through that period, so let's drop it there."

According to the report, his comments came as St James's Palace announced that the Prince will be paying a visit to Lesotho and South Africa at the end of the month for a three-day trip on behalf of his charity Sentebale.

Karzai, who has not had a holiday in 12 years, is visiting the UK for a trilateral meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron, and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, the report added. (ANI)

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