Charities rally to Harry after 'paki' gaffe

Prince gets backing from organisations of which he is patron

Charities supported by Prince Harry have pledged to stand by their patron after he was captured on video using racist language.

The Prince has been called before his commanding officer over the video, which dates from three years ago and was published by the News of the World. During the footage, he can be heard calling a fellow cadet "our little paki friend" and using the term "raghead".

A spokesman for aid agency support charity MapAction said the prince was a "superb young man" and dismissed the comments as "army banter".

He said the press was to blame for publishing the story and that the prince had "friends of many different nationalities".

He said the prince would "probably be called ‘ginge' anyway" in army circles and that the comments amounted only to friendly teasing.

Wellchild, which works with sick children, confirmed that the prince would continue working with it and said only that he was a "fantastically supportive" patron.

Sentebale and Dolen Cymru, two charities supported by Prince Harry that work with communities in Lesotho, declined to comment.

A statement from St James's Palace said that the prince was "extremely sorry for any offence his words might cause". The Equality and Human Rights Commission said it would wait for the results of his interview with his commanding officer.

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