Once known as the “The Happy Prince” for always smiling, was lately hit by a new race row last night after allegedly telling a stand-up comedian, Stephen K. Amos, he didn’t “sound like a black chap”. He is said to have made the comment to Stephen K Amos after the black funnyman performed a stand-up show for Prince Charles’ 60th birthday last year.
The comedian – who sparked public outrage this week when he revealed the royal told him he “didn’t sound like a black chap” – begged for calm yesterday 12th Feb, 2009.
He said Harry’s comments at Prince Charles’ 60th birthday concert were “taken out of context”, saying “I do not believe Prince Harry was racist to me”.
He joked : “I’d like to appeal for calm as the furore is ruining my chances of an OBE.”
Stephen claims the prince made the comment at ‘We Are Most Amused’, a comedy gala night to celebrate Charles’ birthday last November.
Speaking on British television show ‘The Wright Stuff’ earlier this week, Stephen said: “I’ll let you into a secret: When I finished the show, Prince Harry comes up to me and goes ‘Oh, tell me, amusing, but you don’t sound like a black chap’.
“I wanted to say, in a West Indian accent, ‘How am I supposed to sound?”‘
The 24-year-old royal was formally disciplined this week, after he was caught on camera calling a fellow soldier a “paki”.
Army bosses have order the 24-year-old royal to attend an equality and diversity course to make him understand how offensive his remarks were. The incident will also be entered in Harry’s official army record, although insiders claim it will have no effect on his career.
One said: “Although this matter will go on Harry’s record it will not go against him.”
This is the second time Harry has been given equality lessons since joining the army – all new recruits complete a course to teach them about the diversity of cultures in Britain.
Harry publicly apologized when the video – which was made in 2006 during his final year of officer training at the Royal Military Academy in Camberley, Surrey – first came to light, explaining he had not meant to be malicious.
The prince was also criticized when it emerged he called a polo friend “Sooty”.
In 2005, he caused controversy when he wore a Nazi armband to a fancy dress party.