At the risk of compromising any reputation for judgment, I have a confession to make. I feel some sympathy for Prince Harry. Beneath the recent moral detritus, there is someone who used to be a decent fellow. He wore his Grandmother’s uniform and was well-regarded. A popular young officer, he was liked and respected by his men. He displayed leadership qualities and no-one doubted that he would have acquitted himself well if he had come under fire.

This was not possible, once the press had revealed his presence in Afghanistan. That would have undermined the mission, as the adversaries flung all their energies into trying to kill him. Like the Duke of Kent before him – who has unable to go to Northern Ireland – Prince Harry was not prepared to be a partial soldier, stationed safely back in London while waiting to hear news as to how his comrades were getting on in action.