Prince Harry: In the Army Now
Prince Harry has had his fair share of scrapes with the media, but it’s nothing compared to his tours of duty.
By Chris Ritchie
Prince Harry – fourth in line to succession to the throne, the second son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales – has forged himself a good career in the military, following in the footsteps of his uncle, Prince Andrew.
Rather than taking the expected educational route into university, the Prince signed up with the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in Surrey in May 2005 where, as Officer Cadet Wales, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Blues and Royals, a regiment of the Household Cavalry.
A statement from the royal home in London, Clarence House, at the time said: “Prince Harry is very proud to serve his country on operations alongside his fellow soldiers and to do the job he has been trained for.”
He then followed his brother William into the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury, Shropshire. By May 2010 he had received his wings, and in March of the following year he passed his Apache flying test. A month later he was promoted to the rank of Captain.
And so Harry, or Captain Wales, was ready for active deployment. In September 2012, he landed at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan to begin a four-month tour. This considerably baited the Taliban, who almost immediately issued further death threats. They didn’t get the Prince, who arrived back safely in the UK in January.