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Blood of Afghans to be projected onto St Paul's Cathedral over Prince Harry Taliban comments

by Sophie Drew

Following highly controversial comments in Prince Harry’s tell-all biography an artist is using the blood of people from Afghanistan to project an image of the royal coat of arms onto St Paul’s Cathedral.

It comes after the Duke of Sussex likened Taliban fighters he killed during a tour of Afghanistan to “chess pieces”.

In his biography, Spare – which has broken numerous sales records since its release earlier this year – Harry describes killing at least 25 islamist fighters.

Although he stated that the number 25 neither filled him with “satisfaction nor embarrassment”, his comments have drawn criticism.

In response, Russian artist Andrei Molodkin has announced plans to create a sculpture using human blood.  

The blood, donated by Afghans, will be used for the sculpture and projected onto St Paul's Cathedral later this week.

The Russian artist expressed his anger at Prince Harry's remarks during an interview with Sky News. Molodkin also stated his intention to "drench St Paul's Cathedral in the blood of the Afghani people."

According to him, the Afghan donors involved in the project were also angered by Harry's comments.

Molodkin, a former Soviet Army soldier now residing in southern France, has previously created a large portrait of Vladimir Putin using blood donated by Ukrainian soldiers.

 As a result of his work, he fears imprisonment if he returns to Russia.

Regarding Prince Harry's account of his military service, Molodkin said, "They read they are just 'chess figures'... for some prince hunting by helicopter. How he told it, for him it's like a computer game."

Four Afghans in Calais have already donated their blood for the project, and five more in the UK are expected to do so.

Approximately 1,250ml of blood will be used for a sculpture depicting the royal coat of arms.

Beside an image of the sculpture projected onto St Paul's Cathedral, Molodkin also plans to display a video featuring Prince Harry.

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