Emma Dent Coad, the Labour MP for Kensington, has admitted that she has no evidence for allegations that she made about Prince Harry at a Labour Party fringe event after she was criticised by other Labour MPs.
At the fringe event Coad 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”.
John Woodcock, the Labour MP for Barrow and Furness, rejected Coad’s comments and said:
“As the chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party’s backbench defence committee over the last parliament, I want to make clear that the highly inaccurate comments reportedly made by one of our colleagues which disparage Prince Harry’s military service, in no way reflect the views of my party.
Like everyone who puts themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe, His Royal Highness deserves nothing but praise and respect for his service in the armed forces. In addition to his tours of duty in Afghanistan, Prince Harry inspires so many by the way he champions injured, ill and wounded servicemen and women and veterans through the Invictus Games he founded. I am really sorry this has happened”.
Coad was asked for evidence of her allegations on the BBC’s Daily Politics and she replied:
“I’ve been told that’s an absolute fact that somebody sits beside him and drives the helicopters for him”.