Before long, he would find himself training alongside her grandson. Having first encountered ‘Cornet Harry Wales’ at riding school, Mapp travelled to Canada for combat training at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) only to discover that the by then Captain Wales had been appointed second-in-command of ‘A’ Squadron and would be joining the troopers for their second exercise.
“The conversations were always on an ‘alright mate, how are you doing?’ sort of level,” he recalls. “He didn’t want to be called Your Royal Highness or anything like that, it was just Sir. I remember going through a difficult patch with my squadron leader and I asked his advice on how I could be a better driver. He said: ‘You’re driving for one of the best squadron leaders in the regiment and he’s going to be hard on you. You’re doing well, just try and keep your head down and you’ll be fine.’”
Praising the Royal as “an excellent crew commander”, he responds to a question about “Megxit” with the sort of loyalty and understanding you would expect from someone, who like Harry, has faced the debilitating heat and brutal insurgency of Afghanistan.
“I don’t think he owes anybody anything. He has done more for this country than a lot of people who are quick to give their opinions. I will always respect him. I will always hold him in high regard – not just him but his brother as well. Because they’ve both seen their fair share of adversity in…