Prince Harry is at the centre of a race row after apologising for using the term “Paki” at an Army colleague.

The video obtained by British newspaper News of the World plunges the 24-year-old prince, the third in line to the throne, into fresh controversy four years after he sparked outcry by wearing a Nazi swastika at a fancy dress party.

The newspaper posted the video on its website and said it was made in 2006 when the prince was still an officer cadet.

In another clip publicised by the paper, the prince is heard calling another officer cadet a “raghead”.

Harry and the other cadets were on their way to exercises in Cyprus when he made the racist comment during filming in the airport departure lounge.

The full statement from St James’s Palace reads: “Prince Harry fully understands how offensive this term can be, and is extremely sorry for any offence his words might cause. There is no question that Prince Harry was in any way seeking to insult his friend.”