A SOLDIER who served with Prince Harry in Afghanistan is to be kicked out of the Army for failing a drugs test, it was revealed last night.
Corporal Frankie O’Leary, who worked as a radio operator for the Prince, tested positive for cocaine in the past few days.
Prince Harry (centre) served with Corporal Frankie O’Leary (back left) in Afghanistan[/caption]
The 32-year-old rode in the cavalry escort at Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle last year.
He was among four soldiers to test positive for cocaine, the Daily Mail reports, and the incidents are not linked but all will be kicked out.
It is thought O’Leary of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment was not in the Hyde Park barracks when he took the Class A substance.
A friend of Cpl O’Leary told the Mail: “He knows he has made a huge mistake and it has cost him the job he loved.
“He just feels he has let down his family, friends and the regiment.”
He got to know the Duke of Sussex as his radio operator in Afghanistan in 2007 and in an interview last year he revealed how the Duke of Sussex helped him get together with his now wife.
He described Harry as “a man of courage, a man of honour, a genuinely honest, kind man”, joking he had “pulled a cracker” in Meghan.
He then made up one of the 24 soldiers and two officers who made up the carriage procession escort during the Royal Wedding.
It is understood that they have not spoken since and were not close friends.
A source said: “The soldier has had no contact with the prince for a considerable period of time.”
Last year the army introduced a zero-tolerance policy on drugs in an effort to ensure “high standards” are maintained.
Gavin Williamson said the use of drugs was “incompatible” with military service, as he announced there would be no more readmissions of former users.
The MoD last night confirmed four soldiers serving with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment failed a compulsory drugs test.
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An Army spokesman said: “The Army has a zero tolerance drugs policy and will not tolerate misuse of drugs in any form or at any time. Any personnel caught taking drugs will be discharged.”
Harry joined The Blues and Royals in April 2006 and served with the Household Cavalry Regiment, based in Combermere Barracks in Windsor, undertaking two tours of Afghanistan and rising to the rank of captain.
The Household Cavalry consists of two regiments, armoured reconnaissance and mounted ceremonial, with both units manned equally by soldiers from two regiments, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals.
The Prince recently revealed his new baby son Archie Harrison to the world after he was born on May 6.
The 32-year-old rode in the cavalry escort at Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle[/caption]
He was among four soldiers to test positive for cocaine[/caption]
He undertook two tours of Afghanistan and rising to the rank of captain[/caption]
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