Recent remarks by Prince Harry in which he was caught on television referring to a fellow officer as a “Paki” have sparked a need to closely examine the British army culture in order to stamp out both blatant and subtle examples of racism. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has linked with the Ministry of Defense in order to develop programs that will go beyond issuing statements about tolerance and get down to the nitty gritty of barracks prejudice and bigotry that compels those of Asian and Muslim backgrounds to confront comments and discrimination because of their backgrounds. The EHRC believes top level officers in the military are against racism, but in the lower ranks there is less concern about dealing with this problem.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown decried Harry’s remarks but expressed the feeling the prince was truly sorry for his choice of words. Many experts interpret Harry’s remarks as a symptom of racism that is prevalent among lower level officers and NCO who deal on a daily basis with troops. Prince Harry most probably does not realize how his words are symbolic of deep seated issues of prejudice.