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Prince Harry has flunked a basic computer skills test at an army induction day. The Daily Mirror reports that the third in line to the British throne shocked instructors in failing a basic PC skills course.

"Although the computer test was a lot more complex than just sending emails, instructors were amazed that Harry failed it," the Mirror reports. The paper fails to note the content of the test (either writing an open source database or turning on the bloody machine, perhaps) but Harry's apparent cluelessness in the technology department has chilling implications should he ever be asked to set up a network of Wi-Fi-controlled, laptop-activated landmines.

It's just as well Harry wants to join a regiment with a strong Polo-playing history (such as the Household Cavalry), skills that will doubtless see him in good stead when he's eventually given charge of a group of the men defending the realm against Britain's 21st century enemies.

The test at Sandhurst last November was part of a familiarisation course taken by officer recruits prior to joining the Royal Military Academy. On the same day, Harry took a language test and picked up a set of Army-issue boots. Whether the 20-year-old was able to tie his own laces isn't recorded.

Some might argue that Harry's lack of PC skills warrants remedial training followed by a re-sit of the exam, rather than a sojourn to South Africa to visit his girlfriend, Chelsy Davy. We fancy that Harry would have done rather better if instead of a PC, he'd been given a Play Station. The young prince would doubtless have been a whiz at any game which involved punching paparazzi, for example.

Prince Harry is hardly an academic high flier so his poor showing in front of a PC comes as no great surprise. It would have been far more interesting if Harry had failed to turn up for the computer test because he'd gone shopping at a local Nazi regalia shop. Now that would be a story... ®

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