Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Monday said a racial slur used by Prince Harry to describe a fellow soldier is unacceptable and has no part in British life.
Lawmakers, Muslim groups and the family of the soldier criticized the 24-year-old prince after video clips obtained by a newspaper showed him using derogatory terms including "Paki" to describe his colleagues.
The videos were made in 2006 while Harry was a cadet at Sandhurst military academy. Brown told GMTV television Monday that the comments were unacceptable and have "no part in our life."
Prince Harry issued an apology for any offense that might have been caused. A statement from his London office said he had used the term without any malice and that he didn't mean to insult his colleague.