Call for a Europe-wide swastika ban

news: Call for a Europe-wide swastika ban

GERMAN politicians have called for Nazi symbols to be banned throughout Europe after Prince Harry was pictured wearing a fancy dress outfit with a swastika on the armband to aparty. The symbols are already banned under German law.

The photograph of Harry in the costume was taken at a friend’s fancy dress birthday party in Wiltshire last weekend. The prince’s actions have caused many to speak out, including Christian Democratic parliamentary group vice president, Wolfgang Bosback, who said the outfit “really lacked taste”. Apologising in a statement, the prince said: “I am very sorry if I caused any offence or embarrassment to anyone.”

However, Prince Harry received the public backing of his aunt, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, who said: “Harry is a fine young man. He needs to be supported now. It’s time for the press to back off.”

The leader of the UK Conservative Party, Michael Howard, and the Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy, have led calls for a personal public apology. The Prince has also been criticised by foreign politicians. Veteran forces sweetheart, Vera Lynn, added her voice to calls for him to visit a former concentration camp. The UK’s Ministry of Defence has said the incident will not affect Prince Harry’s place at Sandhurst military academy.