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Teacher: UK prince cheated in exam

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posted on Oct, 14 2004 @ 02:37 PM
READING, England (AP) -- A former teacher who claims she was unfairly dismissed from Eton College after being ordered to help Prince Harry cheat in an exam has tried to prove her allegation to a tribunal by playing a secret tape recording she had made while talking to him.

The former teacher, Sarah Forsyth, 30, has told the tribunal that she wrote nearly all the text of an art project that Prince Harry submitted to pass an important exam in 2002. On the tape, he can be heard saying: "It was a tiny, tiny bit. I did about a sentence of it."

Forsyth claims that Prince Harry, the son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, was referring during this segment of the brief tape to the amount of work that he had done on the course materials submitted to the exam board.

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The grade that Prince Harry received for the course work helped him win admission to his next school, Sandhurst, where he is now training as a military officer.

Paddy Harverson, a spokesman for Prince Charles, told the hearing: "This is incredibly unfair on Harry. Miss Forsyth's lawyers have given the court a brief extract from the tape and placed their own interpretation upon it."

"The tape ... contains barely audible half-sentences, and it appears to have been edited. It is also difficult to tell what Harry is saying and what he is referring to, due to the poor quality of the recording and the disjointed nature of the tape. The fact remains Harry did not cheat. The allegations have been independently investigated and proven unfounded," Harverson said.


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