Pen Farthing landed in the UK on Sunday along with around 200 rescue animals from Afghanistan (Picture: Rex/AP)
Pen Farthing said there were ‘several empty seats’ on his evacuation flight as he claimed the Government did not help him through Kabul airport.
The former Royal Marine arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport in a privately funded charter flight on Sunday, along with around 200 dogs and cats from an animal shelter he founded in Afghanistan. He then took a flight to Norway to see his wife.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain earlier, Mr Farthing apologised for threatening to ‘f***ing destroy’ a defence official, and revealed he was the only person on his flight home.
He said: ‘I was probably like the last person to enter that airport – it was closed. Americans, the British, had obviously stopped taking people in because there had to be a point where they stopped taking people in.
‘So they assured me they had enough capacity for everybody who was inside the airport.’
Mr Farthing dismissed the Ministry of Defence’s announcement that it helped him and his animals through the system.
He added: ‘Nobody in the British Government facilitated my entry into that airport – I did that with the Taliban.
‘I came up to the British checkpoint, that was the first time – and this is well into the airport, the Taliban and British are stood there, there’s some barbed wire separating them – that was the first time I spoke to any British people.
‘So whoever is making any accusations or any comments needs to actually have been stood there on the ground to see how I got into that airport.
‘Nobody facilitated my entry… any interpreters or anybody else, there was me and the truck full of dogs and cats, which went into a cargo hold where you cannot put people.’
Mr Farthing’s high-profile efforts to charter a plane to Kabul to evacuate himself and his rescue animals saw him publicly clash with the defence secretary.
Ben Wallace previously said he would not ‘prioritise pets over people’ while unnamed figures accused the former marine of taking up time and resources during the humanitarian effort.
Pen Farthing apologised for threatening a defence official during an interview this morning (Picture: ITV)
Pen Farthing travelled to Norway to see his wife after bringing the dogs and cats to the UK (Picture: @PenFarthing/BBC)
In a foul-mouthed message for a Government aide, Mr Farthing berated Peter Quentin, a special adviser to Mr Wallace, accusing him of ‘blocking’ efforts to arrange the evacuation flight.
Mr Farthing admitted his emotions ‘got the better’ of him when he left the voicemail, saying he was ‘incredibly embarrassed’ about his language.
He said: ‘I do apologise to everybody who’s listened to that.
‘I was at the lowest point I could possibly be. I understand how the world works but emotions got the better of me, so for all those who had to listen to that I do apologise for my language.
‘I should not have said it like that, but the sentiment, yes, I was just incredibly upset, angry, frustrated, it was the lowest point. I had no other option, I didn’t know what else to do.
‘So that’s why you’ve probably heard some colourful language.’
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