[which therefore makes it alright]
[what they really mean is, Harry was told that this is not the 19th century - you can't do this kind of thing anymore and it will help weaken the monarchy]
It continued: "However, on this occasion three years ago, Prince Harry used the term without any malice and as a nickname about a highly popular member of his platoon.
"There is no question that Prince Harry was in any way seeking to insult his friend."
[Err quite - would it have been acceptable if it had been used about an unpopular member of the platoon? Naturally Harry wasn't intending to insult his friend(!). In fact he intended it as a compliment]
The statement added: "Prince Harry used the term 'raghead' to mean Taleban or Iraqi insurgent."
[so another officer was a member of the Taleban or an Iraqi insurgent - i.e. opposed to foreign invaders. Presumably using racist epithets against those you are fighting is acceptable then?]
It is the second time in recent years Harry has had to apologise for causing offence.
In 2005, he wore a swastika armband to a party, which was said to be in "bad taste".
I'm not sure which is worse - the original remarks or the 'explanation' by the Palace.