I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Prince Harry was on his way home from Afghanistan last night. You might have seen an article or ten about it.
Depending on which media outlets you read, watch or listen to, the Apache helicopter co-pilot gunner has ‘boasted’ or ‘confirmed’ that he killed Taliban fighters during his latest tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Now, I don’t know about you, but this didn’t really come as much of a shock to me. I mean, he’s in the army. It’s not exactly breaking news that he killed the enemy while on the frontline. He was doing his job. No one writes articles when I do my job (well, except me because, you know, writing articles is my job).
Harry might be third in line to the throne, but he’s also a relatively normal bloke, trying to do his job. It’s utterly perplexing to me as to why he’s made the headlines. Has every other soldier in Afghanistan had hundreds of articles written about them when they return home?
If you have a look at the video of Harry’s interview with ITV, there’s so much more in there than one throwaway comment about the need to ‘take a life to save a life’. If the media are so interested in Harry doing his job, why aren’t they concentrating on the positive parts of his job that he spoke so much more about?
I guess what I’m getting at is that the media are hard on Prince Harry, out of proportion to the national approach to his brother. They’re focusing on the fact that he’s shot some Taliban fighters, just like when those pictures came out from his trip to Las Vegas, he was criticised for getting into that situation. But he’s a 28 year old soldier; they do stupid things when they’re on holiday with their mates.
And let’s be honest, Captain Wales (as he is known in the army) has never had it easy. He admitted this week that he’s more comfortable being in the army than being a prince. He said: “My father's always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that. But it's very easy to forget about who I am when I am in the army.”
And that can’t be much fun, not having you family’s support when you’re doing something you love. But sadly, that’s a fact of life for more people than just Captain Wales.
So, how do you deal with parents who disagree with your chosen career path?
Firstly, and most importantly, chat to them. Find out what their hopes are for your future, what they see as success for you and what’s important to them in regards to your career. Then, share with them what your thoughts are. Try and have a mature discussion rather than letting it dissolve into a row.
Is it that your parents simply don’t understand much about your area of interest? Try explaining to them what it is that makes you want to pursue a career in that industry and why you think you would be successful in it.
Seek help from other people, friends might have experienced a similar situation or a mentor might be able to shed some light on how best to cope with the situation.
Maybe now Harry’s heading back to the UK for some rest and relaxation he can take some of our tips and sit down for a good heart-to-heart with Charles about his career and why he’s decided he wants to be in the army. Maybe there'll be fewer naked picture scandals as well, but you can't have everything...