William praises dead comrade

Prince William has paid tribute to an army colleague who was killed in Afghanistan this week.

Trooper James Munday, 21, who served in the Household Cavalry Regiment troop that William commanded last year, was killed after taking the brunt of an explosion that hit his patrol vehicle – less that two weeks after he was due to return home to Birmingham, England.

A statement from William and his brother Prince Harry said: “Prince William and Prince Harry are deeply saddened to hear Trooper James Munday has been killed in action.

“He was in D squadron with Prince William and he remembers him as an exceptional soldier.

“Together with the rest of their regiment, the two Princes’ heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this most distressing of times.”

Harry, 24, still serves in the regiment but William left last Christmas to begin his secondment with the RAF.

The patrol driver was William’s fourth friend to die in Iraq or Afghanistan in the last 18 months.