In 2008 he was threatened with a homophobic attack by soldiers from another regiment, but was saved by the intervention of Prince Harry.
In 2010 he formed a civil partnership with his long-term partner, Thomas.
He was the first gay person to appear on the front cover of Soldier magazine, the British Army's official publication, which also included an in-depth article about him.
He was written a book about his experiences.
- Out In The Army: My Life As A Gay Soldier' by James Wharton, Biteback Publishing, 2013, ISBN 9781849545402