January 12, 2024


Prince Harry garners severe backlash over legendary award induction

Prince Harry is set to be inducted as 'living legend in Aviation' on 21st Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards

By Javeria Shahid January 12, 2024

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Prince Harry has been mocked severely after the news was made public that he will be awarded as a "living legend of Aviation" at the 21st Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Beverly Hills taking place the following week.

The Mirror reported that the Duke of Sussex is slated to be honored among many others including, Jeff Bezos, Buzz Aldrin, Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Elon Musk, Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud and Morgan Freeman.

However, many former military personnel have mocked the younger son of King Charles and Princess Diana and raised questions about whether he deserved it.

Notably, Harry, 39, served in several missions including the ones in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Afghanistan – completed two tours as a forward air controller and an Apache helicopter pilot.

Not to mention Prince William’s younger brother served in the military for about 10 years and rose to the rank of Captain.

Nonetheless, retired Army colonel Richard Kemp told The Sun, "He was a gunner in an Apache helicopter in Afghanistan but so were many, many other people."

"I can think of many people who did pretty extraordinary things while serving in the British and American armed forced which would be much more deserving of an award like this. It is obviously because of who he is – not what he did," he added.

Kemp went on to describe the glitzy award ceremony, to be held on January 19, as "celebrities massaging each other's egos."

Moreover, former head of the Royal Navy, Lord Alan West straight away stamped out Harry’s induction and told MailOnline, "He is not a living legend of aviation."

"To suggest he is is pathetic. It makes the whole thing seem a bit of a nonsense if they’re willing to pick someone like Prince Harry," he added.