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Prince Harry's radio operator in Afghanistan reveals the Duke's wedding day was 'mad'

12 Jun 2019 Daily Mail Online

Prince Harry's disgraced former comrade and wedding escort revealed the last time he saw the royal before the big day they were both 'living in holes' in Afghanistan

Corporal Frankie O’Leary, the royal’s former radio operator, led the Household Calvary as they escorted former colleague the Duke of Sussex, 34, and his new wife Meghan, 37, through Windsor on their wedding day. 

Cpl O'Leary, 32, of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment based at Hyde Park Barracks in London, made headlines for a very different reason last month when it was revealed that he is to be kicked out of the Army after failing a drugs test. 

Speaking in ITV documentary Her Majesty's Cavalry last night, in an interview thought to have been filmed before the scandal broke, Cpl O'Leary spoke of how the last time he saw Harry before the wedding they were on tour. 

Corporal Frankie O’Leary led the Household Calvary as they escorted former colleague the Duke of Sussex, 34, and his new bride Meghan, 37, through Windsor on their wedding day. He spoke about the experience on an ITV documentary Her Majesty's Cavalry last night, pictured

Corporal Frankie O'Leary (far left), who worked as a radio operator for Prince Harry (centre) in Afghanistan in 2007, will be kicked out of the Army after failing a drug test

'Last time we [Prince Harry and myself] were working in Afghanistan he was 10 weeks without a shower, beards, living in holes in the ground,' Cpl O'Leary said. 

'Next time he is dressed like what he is, a prince of the realm with a looker of a wife. And I was dressed like a knight on a horse back.' 

He added: 'It was like two sides of a coin, it was quite mad.' 

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The Household Cavalry were in the spotlight on the big day, as Harry personally requested his former comrades accompany him and Meghan as they drove through Windsor.

The documentary showed Cpl O'Leary as he helped prepare his men for their high-profile role, shaving the horses to look slick and grooming their tails. 

Harry and Meghan were accompanied by the Household Cavalry as they rode through Windsor. The Prince's former comrade was among those riding in the procession

The Household Cavalry were in the spotlight on the big day, as Harry personally requested his former comrades accompany him and Meghan as they drove through Windsor. Cpl O’Leary was one of 24 soldiers and two officers who made up the escort, pictured

He told his men: 'You know what is expected. Do not get pulled off this wedding.' 

Cpl O’Leary was one of 24 soldiers and two officers who made up the escort. 

The programme comes weeks after the Daily Mail revealed Cpl O'Leary will be kicked out of the Army after testing positive for cocaine. 

It is understood that Cpl O’Leary, who got to know Prince Harry as his radio operator in Afghanistan in 2007, was not in the barracks at the time he took the class-A drug.

A friend of Cpl O’Leary told the Mail: ‘He knows he has made a huge mistake and it has cost him the job he loved.

‘He just feels he has let down his family, friends and the regiment.’

Cpl O’Leary, left, got to know Prince Harry, right, as his radio operator in Afghanistan in 2007 

An Army source said: ‘This has cost him his whole career, it’s a pretty harsh penalty. There aren’t many jobs where you would get sacked for recreational drugs use.’

It is understood that Prince Harry and Cpl O'Leary have not spoken since the wedding and were not close friends. 

A source said: ‘The soldier has had no contact with the prince for a considerable period of time.’ 

The MoD confirmed four soldiers serving with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment failed a compulsory drugs test.

An Army spokesman said: ‘The Army has a zero tolerance drugs policy and will not tolerate misuse of drugs in any form or at any time. Any personnel caught taking drugs will be discharged.’ 


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