London, March 1 : Matt Drudge, the proprietor of the US-based news web site that broke the news on Prince Harry's deployment, has yet not expressed any signs of apology for exposing the well-laid plans of the British Ministry of Defence.
The man who is considered to be "the world's most powerful journalist" made the revelation on his web site the Drudge Report-which became well known in January 1998 when it broke the story about then US President Bill Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
"They're calling him 'Harry the Hero!'" the Telegraph quoted him as proclaiming in a rare dispatch of his own, which he left up on the page for many hours.
"British Royal Prince Harry has been fighting in Afghanistan since late December - and has been directly involved in battle," he added in the report, which stunned newsrooms across the world on Thursday.
Although Drudge is keeping mum about how he got the story, speculations are rife that his source might have been someone in the cable news network CNN because he added in the story: "CNN has debated internally on the merits of reporting Harry at war."
The report further read: "Ministry of Defence and Clarence House refuse all comment. Army chiefs have managed to keep the prince away from media and have encourage fellow soldiers in his squadron to stay quiet."
Before Drudge, a celebrity website in Australia called New Idea had already reported the Prince Harry story on January 7, though it went largely unnoticed at the time.
The magazine, however, later apologised as its web site was bombarded with disparaging comments from the readers.