British royal defends comments on colonialism

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Britain's Prince Andrew on Wednesday defended comments he made suggesting the United States might have been better off had its leaders learned from the British experience with colonialism before invading Iraq.

"The fact is that we have learned, sometimes at our expense, in the years when we were a colonial power," he told CNN.

"So there may or may not have been things and ideas that were of valid use to what was going on at that particular time."

The 47-year-old prince, in Atlanta on a 10-day U.S. tour to promote British business, said the two countries are closely allied.

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