Prince Harry keeps war hero's spirits up during injury claim

Prince Harry keeps war hero's spirits up during injury claim

Royal Marine Ben McBean has been touched by the support of kind-hearted Prince Harry, who has backed the injured soldier's fight to improve compensation for wounded troops in Afghanistan.

Ben, who was given £281,150 after he lost his left arm and right leg in a 2008 Afghanistan blast, is appealing for a greater payout.

"I'm not asking for £10million or anything stupid. I'd just like to be able to get the help I need now and in the future," the 22-year-old says.

Prince Harry said he was "humbled" by Marine Ben's bravery after the pair shared a flight home from Afghanistan, and has branded him a "real hero".

"He's supporting me," says Ben of the young Prince. "He often writes me a note of support."

Clearly building a strong bond between them, Harry once sent along a crate of beer to Ben, after he lost a bet on whether the Marine could scale a climbing wall.

Ben, who could see his compensation fund raised to £570,000, has had his hearing adjourned to a later date.

Photo: Rex

Thursday August 20, 2009

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