A few hours after British soldier Lee Rigby was brutally murdered in the London suburb of Woolwich, a white Muslim convert allegedly confessed to police that he had intended to kill the third in line to the British throne, Prince Harry.
Thirty-year-old Ashraf Islam, formerly known as Mark Townley, walked into a police station in Hounslow, west London, on May 23 and reportedly told detectives that he wanted to murder Prince Harry, who has served high profile tours of duty in Afghanistan.
Police say a laptop belonging to Islam showing internet searches for ‘guns’, ‘vans’ and ‘kidnapping’ was found by detectives following an investigation by London’s Metropolitan Police.
Islam was charged under Section 16 of the Offences Against the Person Act, which carries a possible jail term of up to 10 years. He was remanded in custody after pleading guilty to the offence at Uxbridge Magistrates Court.
There are fears that 28-year-old Prince Harry could be a prime target for the Taliban after his two tours in Afghanistan. He was there with the Household Cavalry in 2008 and the Army Air Corps in 2012.
Prince Harry supports causes such as the Help for Heroes charity. Drummer Lee Rigby was wearing one of the charity’s T-shirts when he was killed on May 22.