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Prince Harry: "I don't like England much"

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Harry, who has been serving on the front lines in Afghanistan for the past 10 weeks, says he doesn’t like England much and dislikes the “shite” British newspapers write.

The prince, third in line to the throne, made his outspoken comments last week, before news of his secret Afghanistan deployment leaked on a U.S. Web site.

He told an interviewer he was enjoying being in a combat zone.

“I don’t want to sit around in Windsor,” he said.

“I generally don’t like England that much and, you know, it’s nice to be away from all the press and the papers and all the general shite that they write.”

Harry, 23, is no stranger to controversy. He sparked widespread public anger in 2005 when he was photographed at a fancy dress party dressed in a Nazi uniform.

In London he is frequently photographed stumbling out of nightclubs with his girlfriend, and has been in trouble with his father Prince Charles for smoking cannabis.

Newspapers were full of praise for the prince on Friday, calling him a hero and a model soldier. The public has also posted messages on Web sites praising his bravery.

Reporting by Luke Baker; Editing by Steve Addison