Apology over Prince Harry ‘thug’ comment

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Ramadhan Foundation Chief apologises

THE head of a Manchester-based Muslim youth organisation has apologised over comments directed at Prince Harry in the wake of the recent race row.

Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation issued a “sincere and unreserved” apology after calling the prince a thug.

Mr Shafiq’s initial comments came in the wake of the weekend’s race row after The News of the World published video footage of the Prince calling a fellow Asian soldier a ‘Paki’.

At the time Mr Shafiq, 29, said: “He (Prince Harry) is trying to portray this image of being caring like his mother, who was a great woman, or his father who’s a person who’s widely respected across the world. He’s a thug.”

But yesterday he issued an apology saying “I allowed my emotions to get the better of me”.

He added: “On reflection I wish to issue a sincere and unreserved apology to Prince Harry for any offence I have caused him. I recognise that when we make mistakes we should be honourable and decent to accept them and I hope that this apology is accepted in that way, I never intended to offend Prince Harry in this way.”

Prince Harry has apologised over the incident, which was filmed in 2006.

 

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