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Byline: By JAMES LYONS Political Correspondent

PRINCE Harry should be given the "benefit of the doubt" over his racist remarks, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said yesterday.

He defended the 24-year-old royal - who has expressed genuine sorrow for calling an Army pal a "Paki" - saying he knew the word was wrong.

Urging people to forgive and remember his bravery in Afghanistan, Mr Brown told GMTV: "The sincerity of his apology cannot be doubted.

"It was a mistake... and I think the British are good enough to give someone who has been a role model for young people and has done well fighting for our country the benefit of the doubt."

But Harry is still facing demands to apologise publicly for calling Capt Ahmed Raza Khan "our little Paki friend" in a video which also showed him saying another soldier was like "a f***ing raghead".

Capt Khan's uncle Ifitkhar Raja said: "He should go on TV and say he will never, ever use that word again."

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