Prince Andrew muses about the Falkland War on his ex-Instagram wife’s before the images were removed.
Prince Andrew has reminisced on his experience in the Falkland War on Instagram, but he quickly deleted the images.
The Duke of York wrote around 700 words on his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson‘s account, saying he went into the war “full of bravado” but returned a “changed man.”
During the 1982 battle, which observed its 40th anniversary on Saturday, the 62-year-old performed sorties as a Sea King helicopter pilot.
His remarks about his experience appeared in three postings on the Duchess of York’s Instagram page, but they were quickly erased.
The previous post was signed off “authored by HRH The Duke of York,” but the “HRH” was afterwards removed.
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The Queen withdrew Prince Andrew of his honorary military positions earlier this year.
In the aftermath of his civil sex lawsuit, filed against him by Virginia Giuffre, he abandoned his HR approach.
She was suing Prince Andrew for allegedly sexually abusing her when she was 17 years old, and she was being trafficked by convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The charges have always been fiercely refuted by the prince.
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York has shared a series of Instagram posts written by Prince Andrew reflecting on the 40th anniversary of him leaving to serve in the Falkland War with the Royal Navy. After seeing active combat, he writes, Andrew “returned a changed man”. pic.twitter.com/YuaB9dDT4O
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) April 2, 2022
What were the posts about?
Ms Ferguson said in her first Instagram post on the Falkland Islands that she had asked her ex-husband for his thoughts on the war.
“As I sit here at my computer on this cold crisp spring morning remembering back to April 1982, I’ve tried to recall what was going through my head as we sailed out of Portsmouth lined the flight deck of HMS INVINCIBLE,” he started his narrative.
He went on: “So, although I recall a time when I was a young guy full of bravado who went to war, I returned a changed man.
“I threw aside childish things and false bravado and returned a man who understood human weakness and pain.
“My contemplation causes me to think even more and pray even harder for those in battle today, for those whose families have been ripped apart by the tragedies they have experienced.
“And, I’m afraid to say, the historical perspective my brief war has taught me is this: war is the failure to keep peace; war is the failure of human judgement; war is the failure to recognise that we need permission to understand another person’s perspective or reality, whether we agree or disagree with that perspective or reality.”
The word ‘terror’ has lingered with him.
The prince also remembered being shot at, writing: “I was flying when I saw a chaff round launched by one of our ships as it passed not far ahead of us.
He went on to say that the “horror” had a “long and irreversible impact” on him.
Prince Andrew has already talked about the event, most notably during his notorious Newsnight interview.
In response to a report that he was sweating profusely during an alleged night out with Ms Giuffre, he said that he “didn’t sweat at the time” due to a “overdose of adrenaline in the Falkland War” after being fired at.
“It was almost difficult for me to sweat,” he said.
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