While thousands may still be making desperate attempts to escape the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, some royal intervention helped an Afghan officer, who had served the country's National Army, to escape Kabul and reach safe havens.
The British media is reporting that Prince William "personally intervened" to get the Afghan soldier and his family out of the trouble-torn country. The Duke of Cambridge knew the Afghan army officer from his time at Sandhurst - a world-leading military training academy in the United Kingdom.
The Duke of Cambridge, the second in line to the throne and the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, has himself completed seven-and-a-half years of full-time military service.
UK's The Telegraph reported that William assigned the evacuation job to his equerry, Naval officer Rob Dixon, who had to make some calls on his behalf to make sure that the Afghan officer and his family manage to first get inside the Kabul airport and then fly out to a safe location.
The newspaper revealed that the commissioning officers, special forces and soldiers from 2 Para, 16 Air Assault Brigade who began the evacuation operation, were aware of the Afghan family's royal connection.
Major Andrew Fox, a retired paratrooper who has served in Afghanistan, was quoted as saying by The Telegraph that he himself got 2 Para to rush out into the crowd and grab someone for him.
Weird one. Mentioned in the article as the journo had my number and rang and asked me, but I guarantee you this: there’s not an officer ever commissioned from @RMASandhurst who wouldn’t have gone to the wall to help a brother or sister in those same circumstances. #ServeToLead https://t.co/xMpmG6sWog— Andrew Fox (@maj_retd_fox) September 2, 2021
"I guarantee you this: there’s not an officer ever commissioned from RMA Sandhurst who wouldn’t have gone to the wall to help a brother or sister in those same circumstances," Fox tweeted earlier today.