Harry to get 20 percent pay rise

Prince Harry will be rewarded with a pay rise after fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The 23-year-old royal – who returned home to the UK on Saturday (01.03.08) following a 10-week tour of the dangerous Helmand Province – is being promoted from a second lieutenant to a full lieutenant, meaning his salary will increase from UKP20,173 to UKP24,247.

Harry will officially be given the new title on April 16, after completing “two years’ of reckonable service” since graduating from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, according to The Sun.

Meanwhile, Harry has turned to TV chef Jamie Oliver to help sort out the “miserable” army rations.

The young prince – who survived on boil-in-the-bag corn beef hash while fighting on the frontline – tucked into his favourite meal of sausages and mash potato when he arrived back in the UK and thinks Jamie is the man to bring that standard of quality to the troops.

Harry said: “Rations out there are just miserable. Bangers and mash with gravy, in a bag, would be brilliant. I don’t think you can screw that up.”

When it was suggested Jamie – who campaigned to improve the quality of food in schools with his show Jamie’s School Dinners – might be able to help, he said: “Yeah, Jamie, please.”

A representative for Jamie said: “It’s very nice of the prince to think of Jamie first. It’s a real honour and if we do get a phone call from the prince or anybody involved, we would do what we can.”

While British soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan are mostly served by teams of chefs, those who are stationed at outposts in the remote Helmand Province are forced to survive on the 24-hour ration packs.