The Sun Newspaper report revealed that The Royal Prince Harry has asked a disabled Afghan war comrade to join him on a dream trip to New York. The 21-year-old Marine Joe Townsend, who lost both legs in a blast, when he stepped on a Taliban anti-tank mine 15 months ago.
Joe will fly out with the prince when he makes his first official foreign visit this weekend. The pair will fly out in luxury on business-class tickets. Joe will then go with Harry to swanky bashes in the Big Apple. The marine, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, will even be guest of honour at the New York Mets baseball team’s game against the Florida Marlins on Saturday.
It was all Harry’s idea for Joe to accompany him. Joe’s trip is being bankrolled by New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon on Harry’s suggestion.
Also Joe’s mum Debi Hawkins will visit with them to care for Joe on trip. Debi said, “Joe is really looking forward to the trip. He had no idea the prince knew about him. It’s so nice.”
The trip will be a boost for Joe after he had to pull out of a Help for Heroes bike ride in France this week on medical grounds.