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Prince Harry: no "fornicating" in Gila Bend, Arizona


Prince Harry, a helicopter pilot in the British army, is in the town of Gila Bend, Arizona, for the last stage of an advanced weapons training course in the United States.


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Prince Harry, posted to the town of Gila Bend, Arizona, for military training, has been warned against "fornicating" during his stay in the Christian community — at least according to a report in a scandal-loving British tabloid.

The 27-year-old prince is in Gila Bend, population 1,700, for the final stage of an advanced weapons training course in the United States, to experience conditions similar to those he might encounter in Afghanistan. Prince Harry is a helicopter pilot in the British Army.

But the town's mayor, Ron Henry, in an interview with the Daily Mail warned Harry off the Arizona desert town's young women after hearing about his reputation as a party-loving playboy, the tabloid claimed. 

"There are probably some fathers here who would go to extremes to protect their daughters," said Mayor Henry, the Daily Mail reported. "Some of the dads won't take too kindly to a prince fornicating the night away."

The mayor added: "I would advise the prince to take in the beautiful sights of the desert instead." 

Prince Harry was previously posted at El Centro base in California as part of the RAF Apache training course. While in California, he is reported to have wooed San Diego cocktail waitress Jess Donaldson.

According to the Daily Mail, Gila Bend has only one bar, and so nightlife options will be limited for the prince and his fellow soldiers.

But in a statement posted on the town of Gila Bend's official website, Mayor Henry said the Daily Mail report was "not only taken out of context but also, total fabrications."

"We have tremendous respect and adoration for Prince Harry and the Royal Family," the mayor said. "We are excited, proud and honored to have him in our community, and we would like extend every courtesy to make his stay as comfortable as possible.”

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