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Sad Prince Harry pays tribute to 'legend' soldier pal killed in Afghanistan

03 FEBRUARY 2010

Third-in-line to the throne Prince Harry is mourning the loss of a friend who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Twenty-one-year-old Corporal Liam Riley was one of two British soldiers who died during two explosions in Helmand province. Lance Corporal Graham Shaw, 27 - who was also a member of 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment - also perished.

"I remember Liam Riley so well from the time we spent serving together at the British Army training Unit at Suffield in Canada," said Harry, who spent three months on the front line in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008.

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"He was a legend. A really special man who got us all going and heading in the right direction. It was a privilege to have worked along side him.

"It is incredibly sad also to hear that Liam died alongside his friend Lance Corporal Graham Shaw.

"My heart goes out to their loved ones and their many, many friends in their regiment and the wider army."

Harry grew close to Corporal Riley when they spent ten weeks training together two-and-a-half years ago.

A photo of the pair has been posted on a Facebook page, RIP Liam J Riley – Hero, set up in memory of the fallen soldier.

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