Prince Harry ‘inches from death’ when caught in landmine in Afghanistan

was said to have been ‘inches from death’ after he was nearly caught in a landmine explosion during his time in Afghanistan.

A new biography about the Prince’s time spent in war-torn Helmand Province revealed how close he came to risking his life after he was deployed with the Household Cavalry in 2007.

He was based in the perilous Garmsir area, close to the Pakistani border which was, according to his commanding officer Major Mark Millford, ‘about as dangerous as it can get’.

Harry was employed as a forward air controller tasked with studying what the troops knew as ‘Taliban TV’.

Studying the images beamed to his laptop, Harry would hunt for troop movements or even signs of body heat that could betray the position of the Taliban.

For the first time in his life, he found he could be almost completely anonymous and unrecognised as a member of the royal family.

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But it meant he was just at risk as his comrades in the Army.

Captain Dickon Leigh-Wood, who had known Harry since their days at Ludgrove prep school and who had trained with him at Combermere Barracks, near Windsor, described the moment Harry and his unit ‘drove over’ an unexploded IED.

‘One of the vehicles in the column suddenly noticed something flick underneath the tank in front and everyone was ordered to stop,’ Captain Leigh-Wood said.

‘You automatically think, “This is gonna go off. This is it”.

‘The previous vehicles, including Harry’s, had missed the pressure plate of an IED by about six inches. If any of us had gone over it, it would have been game over.’

Harry slept in trenches with up to four other people, huddled together in their sleeping bags for warmth in temperatures as low as -26C at night, but he ‘just got on with it,’ the captain said.

‘I never once heard him complain.’

The Prince, who is getting ready to marry US actress Meghan Markle in May, has

He was reportedly under pressure to sign one by courtiers determined to safeguard his fortune, thought be around £30 million.

But instead the 33-year-old is said to have rejected their advice to sign a prenuptial agreement.

‘He’s determined that his marriage will be a lasting one, so there’s no need for him to sign anything,’ a royal source revealed.

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