‘Proud of you!’ Charles praises ‘outstanding’ Parachute troops for Kabul evacuation effort


PRINCE CHARLES has praised the “outstanding” effort of the British Parachute Regiment during the evacuation from Afghanistan.

The Prince of Wales reportedly wrote to the troops whilst they were in Afghanistan and thanked them for their “indomitable Para spirit” during the withdrawal from the country. Prince Charles is the Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment involved in Operation Pitting, the mission evacuating British nationals from Kabul after the Taliban takeover.

He wrote in the letter: “You are not only an outstanding credit to the Parachute Regiment but also to this country, which, without doubt, is more fortunate than it can know in having such dedicated and courageous people as yourselves ready to step forward at such a crucial time of need.

“I could not be more proud of you.”

The letter to the troops finished with the regiment’s motto, “Utrinque Paratus”, meaning “ready for anything.”

The comments follow just days after Prince William, who once served with the British Army, helped a former acquaintance of his escape the clutches of the Taliban.

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Prince Charles visits Cambus O’May Suspension Bridge (Image: Getty)

Prince William attended the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst in 2006.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Prince William met the Afghan officer when he was at Sandhurst.

The officer had reportedly joined the Afghan National Army, however his family and himself had difficulty getting a flight to safety.

Prince William helped the situation by contacting Naval officer Rob Dixon, who has served as his equerry since September.

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Prince Charles and Camilla (Image: PA)

Lieutenant Commander Dixon contacted army personnel and the officer, and helped to arrange safe air passage to the UK.

Prince Charles’ son Prince Harry served two tours in Afghanistan, one in 2008 and another in 2012.

The Duke of Sussex served in the British Army for 10 years in total.

Speaking about his time there, the Prince said: “One minute you’re in bed asleep, six and a half minutes later you’re speaking to someone on the ground being shot at.”


Dr Liam Fox, talks to members of the British Parachute Regiment (Image: PA)

However, Prince Harry left the army in 2015 to spend his time serving the Crown full time


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