Prince Harry, 10% of compatriots, don’t much like England

March 1, 2008

http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,23301542-948,00.html

Asked if he would ever want to come back to Afghanistan, he said: “I don’t want to sit around in Windsor.

“But I generally don’t like England that much and, you know, it’s nice to be away from all the press and the papers and all the general shite(sp?) that they write.”

Well Harry, you’re not alone. The part about not liking England much, don’t know about attitudes toward the tabs.

The study found 5.5 million expat Britons – a number that rises to six million if those who live or work part of the year abroad are included. Taken together, they represent approximately 10% of British citizens. Until now, tentative government estimates of expats had ranged from 4.5 million to 14 million.

This sounds bad, but it’s actually considered good news, even those the exodus is led by the professional class, not unemployed blokes. The UK is attracting unemployed professional blokes.

Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, co-author of the report, said that the scale and spread of the British expat diaspora was probably being driven by the UK’s economic strength.A strong economy was attracting economic immigrants – but also encouraging Brits to broaden their opportunities.”Britain is truly at the crossroads of the global movement of people,” said Dr Sriskandarajah.

Now, isn’t an American news outlet, the Drudge Report, getting the credit for blowing Harry’s cover? We after alllove the royals too.

The comments, made available to the media under a pool arrangement, are unlikely to be welcomed by Harry’s supporters in Britain or by the popular tabloid press.

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