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Friday, April 15, 2005

Prince Harry is No Computer Geek

Britain's Prince Harry, scheduled to begin military officer training at the elite Royal Military Academy Sandhurst next month, reportedly did poorly on a computer proficiency test administered to assess his skills. Though he is said to have passed the physical proficiency test with flying colors, he has been told to brush up on his IT before classes begin.

It's not clear exactly what was included on the test, but military spokespeople are quoted as saying that it was "a lot more complex than just sending e-mails," and that "instructors were amazed that Harry failed it."

Prince Harry appears to be the first royal facing this particular problem. Is there a benefit for someone in line for the British throne to be a computer whiz? Maybe not, but if he is to be symbolic leader of an increasingly high-tech nation such as Great Britain, it would behoove him to relate to some of that technology.

Source: CNN.com