Prince William made a secret visit to Afghanistan earlier this week, to visit troops serving on the frontline. The Prince who received his “wings” earlier this month, flew a military transport plane for part of the journey from the U.K. to Kandahar, where he spent three hours visiting UK troops at a nearby airfield. A Clarence House spokesman stated that the Queen and Prince Charles had given their permission for the trip, which was kept confidential for security reasons.
The trip was seen by many people as a good public relations exercise and a way for Prince William to make amends after the bad publicity he received recently after using an RAF helicopter to visit his girlfriend and also to go to his cousin’s stag do on the Isle of Wight. However a Clarence House spokesman insisted that the visit was to enable Prince William to become more familiar with RAF operations in theatre. The Prince flew back to the U.K. with the body of a soldier killed in action, meeting privately with the soldier’s family to offer his condolences.