Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made the decision to step back as senior royals last year citing their desire to become more financially independent. Since then, Harry and Meghan have settled in California and have also agreed to not use their His/Her Royal Highness prefixes. Although in Los Angeles, commentator, Amanda Platell, has claimed Harry could have played a leading role in the fight against the virus after viewing Brigadier Phil Prosser at the No10 press conference this week.
Boris Johnson announced this week the British Army has been brought in to aid the UK’s vaccination strategy.
Commenting on brigadier Prosser’s forthright approach to the pandemic during the conference, Ms Platell wrote in her Mail Online column that Harry could have been an important figure for the British Army and could have improved his standing with the British public.
Harry, who achieved the rank of Captain in the British Army and Squadron Leader of the Royal Airforce, would’ve proved to be a valuable asset due to his ability to inspire people.
She said: “It struck me that if Harry had remained in Britain and retained his honorary military roles, he could have played such an important practical role as an Army figurehead in the battle against Covid.
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“A part that would have earned him admiration and popularity.
“As the first anniversary of his departure from our Royal Family fell this week, it seemed such a tragically missed opportunity.
“This, after all, is someone who thrived as a soldier and loved the privilege of leading men.
“A man who also has his mother’s charisma and gift for inspiring people in the bleakest of circumstances.
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“Using his royal status, he could have been a pivotal figure rallying the troops and NHS workers, helping to organise vaccine deliveries and solve other logistical problems — like Brigadier Prosser, a reassuring presence we would all be proud of.”
With cases rising to levels not even seen during the first wave of the pandemic, Mr Johnson announced the Army will use battle preparation techniques to combat the virus.
Amid the goal to vaccinate two million Brits a week by the middle of next month, the Ministry of Defence has drawn up plans to help utilise the army’s logistical prowess.
Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, has claimed the army is ready to deploy 250 six-man teams ready to deliver thousands of vaccines a day.
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Although the army has been called in, Brigadier Prosser also claimed the task facing the military had never been seen before.
He said: “A vaccination programme on this scale has not been done before and we are learning as we go.
“It needs to be in arms, not on shelves.”
As it stands, the UK has vaccinated 1,296,432 people with an initial jab as of January 3.
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Due to case levels rising rapidly, the vaccines will now be rolled out en masse with an initial jab in order to maximise coverage of the vaccine.
In a boost for the UK, the government began the rollout of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine this week.
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Crucially the drug does not need to be kept at sub-zero temperatures while regulators also approved the vaccine produced by US company Moderna.
The UK Government has pre-ordered 17 million doses of the drug but supplies are not expected until spring.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK