Britain’s Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup urged the broadcaster not to show the programme that examines what would happen if the 26-year-old third-in-line to the British throne was to be captured while serving on the Afghan frontline.
In a letter to Channel 4 Chairman Lord Burns, the Chief of Defence Staff argued that the 90-minute programme, The Taking of Prince Harry, would be distressing for service families and might undermine morale by detailing how the UK government approaches hostage negotiations.
But, a Channel 4 spokeswoman said the programme would be aired as planned on Thursday, the Daily Express reported. She said: “We have written to Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup replying to his concerns. The film is rooted in expert testimony and is a serious journalistic examination of a current issue.”