Prince Harry was allowed to miss drugs test at RAF base

Prince Harry opens up about drug use and William’s ‘red mist’

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Prince Harry was allowed to leave his Apache helicopter base on “urgent palace business” when it was put in lockdown for a random drugs test, it has been claimed. RAF Wittisham in Suffolk was reportedly secured by armed guards in May 2011 when the drug testers arrived unannounced.

But Harry – who has admitted to taking cannabis, cocaine and magic mushrooms in the past in his bombshell memoir – was given permission to leave for London, The Sun reports.

His team reportedly said the royal, who had recently returned from Prince William and Kate’s wedding, had “urgent palace business”.

There is no suggestion that the Duke of Sussex deliberately avoided the test or took any drugs while in the Armed Forces.

Harry was with 656 Squadron, 4 Regiment Army Air Corps at the time.

His former Squadron Sergeant Major Mark “Oz” Wilson, who was in charge of squadron discipline, said: “I couldn’t believe Harry was allowed to leave.”

An Army source said Harry’s departure “would have looked very strange to his comrades”.

But they added: “You can’t expect soldiers and sergeant majors to be aware of the diary pressures on the third in line to the throne.”

It comes as the Duke has opened up about his drug use in his new book Spare.

In a teaser of his interview with ITV’s Tom Bradby to promote the memoir, the journalist puts it to him: “There’s a fair amount of drugs, marijuana, magic mushrooms, cocaine. I mean that’s going to surprise people.”

Harry replies: “But important to acknowledge.”

A representative for the Duke has been contacted for comment.

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