Colchester pilot flies side-by-side with Prince Harry

Captain Simon Beattie, of Colchester, with co-pilot Prince Harry. Picture John Stillwell/PA Wire.

Captain Simon Beattie, of Colchester, with co-pilot Prince Harry. Picture John Stillwell/PA Wire.

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FOR most meeting Prince Harry is a rare and memorable event.

But for Captain Simon Beattie, of Colchester, it was an everyday occurance as took charge of the royal for hundreds of missions in Afghanistan.

Apache pilot Capt Beattie, 30, flew side-by-side with the prince during their latest tour of Helmand Province. Despite being in command of Prince Harry, Capt Beattie, said the pair just got on with their jobs and the prince had been to dinner at his Colchester home.

Prince Harry served as an Apache helicopter pilot and gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

Capt Beattie said: "I'm the flight lead.

"If I need to make a decision, that's that.

"But we work well together as a team, and that's how it is."

Despite technically being his boss, Capt Beattie said he could count the royal as a good friend since they met a year ago.

He said: "Third-in-line to the throne aside, I consider him to be a friend and I enjoy working with him.

"Day-to-day you don't notice the difference. He's one of the guys."

 

For the full story and more pictures see Wednesday's Gazette.

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10:34am Tue 22 Jan 13

SamEssex says...

I'm intrigued as to what game he's getting his arse whooped at ;-)
I'm intrigued as to what game he's getting his arse whooped at ;-) SamEssex
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8:15pm Tue 22 Jan 13

mirokou says...

SamEssex wrote:
I'm intrigued as to what game he's getting his arse whooped at ;-)
COD 4 MW3
[quote][p][bold]SamEssex[/bold] wrote: I'm intrigued as to what game he's getting his arse whooped at ;-)[/p][/quote]COD 4 MW3 mirokou
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9:29am Wed 23 Jan 13

wellnow says...

A cringingly brown nosed type of no news.
A cringingly brown nosed type of no news. wellnow
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