Labour MP causes outrage as she attacks Prince Harry’s military career

A Labour MP is facing demands to apologise to Prince Harry over slurs about his Afghan war record.

Emma Dent Coad, 62, wrongly told an anti-monarchy event at Labour’s conference that Harry could not fly an Apache helicopter, adding: “He just sits there going, ‘Vroom vroom’.”

Last night she addressed a gathering on the fringe of Labour’s annual conference in Brighton, hosted by Labour For A Republic and titled “Reigning in the monarchy”.

She told activists: “I am the royal family’s worst nightmare” and boasted that she had turned down an invitation to meet the Queen after she was elected.

Ms Dent Coad wrongly suggested that when Prince Harry served in the Army he was too incompetent to play a proper role – even though the royal was deployed to Afghanistan twice.

The MP said: “Harry can’t actually fly a helicopter… He tried to pass the helicopter exam about four times and he couldn’t get through it at all so he always goes for the co-pilot.

“So he just sits there going ‘vroom vroom’.”

The prince served in the Army for a decade, rising to the rank of Captain.

He was a qualified pilot of Apache helicopters and served as the gunner – meaning he was able to operate the helicopter’s weapons as well as flying the craft himself.