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Prince honours Gurkha heroes as bond with Nepal marked

By Dominic Harris

Prince Harry has joked with old Army friends and praised the "unbreakable spirit and resilience" of the Nepali people at a ceremony to celebrate 200 years of co-operation between the UK and the tiny Himalayan country.

He was given a garland of flowers at the event at the Nepali embassy in London marking the end of celebrations for the milestone.

After unveiling photographs of the 13 Gurkha soldiers who have received the Victoria Cross, he chatted and joked with comrades he met when he was attached to the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles in Afghanistan for three months in 2007/08.

Rifleman Vinod Budhathoki (32), who lost both his legs in an accident in May 2010, remembered Harry as very down to earth during his tour with B Company. He said: "He just never let us feel like he was from the royal family. We just treated him as a normal officer."

Corporal Hari Budha Magar (37), from Kent, who lost both his legs above the knee in 2010, told Harry about his attempt next year to become the first double amputee to scale Everest. He said: "I am training at the moment in Nepal and Scotland, and he said: 'All the best for it'."

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