"Is this a joke?" Prince Harry was hailed as aviation legend after helicopter flight in Afghanistan: Brits are outraged
Prince Harry will be honored as a "living legend" of aviation at the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy honorary ceremony in Beverly Hills. Earlier, American actor Morgan Freeman called the award the "Oscar of aviation".
The 39-year-old Duke of Sussex "earned" a title that even Charles Duke, the youngest person to visit the moon in 1972, when he was 36, does not have, writes the Daily Mail. The event will be hosted by John Travolta.
It is not known whether the couple of Prince and Meghan Markle will attend the event. After netizens saw Harry among the list of nominees, many of them were skeptical:
"I'm looking forward to seeing every other military pilot in the world receive the same award for his achievements in the field."
"Is this a joke? What can be called legendary about what he did? I'm asking you seriously! What did he do?"
The list of nominees for the award is constantly replacing the old names of people who have passed away with new ones, those who are still alive. For example, you won't see Neil Armstrong among them anymore.
What did Harry do after all? The Duke has served two tours in Afghanistan as a forward air controller and Apache helicopter pilot, and has flown countless training missions in the UK, US and Australia. He also served 10 years in the army, attaining the rank of captain.
Earlier last year, the Duke said his military career "saved him" after the tragic death of his mother, Princess Diana, which helped him "turn his pain into purpose."