Harry to quit Army after Aussie posting

Written By komlim puldel on Jumat, 27 Februari 2015 | 20.01

Two tours ... Prince Harry during his time as a Lieutenant in the British army. Picture: AAP Source: AAP

PRINCE Harry is set to leave the armed forced later this year after a stint stationed in Australia later this year.

The Evening Standard reports that Harry feels that two tours on the front line in Afghanistan is enough and wants to pursue other interests in conservation and wildlife.

Military man ... Britain's Prince Harry in 2009. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

The paper reports that Captain Harry Wales, as he is known in the military, will moves to Australia for "several weeks" to serve with local units.

He is also expected to fulfil several non-military public duties while Down Under.

In action ... Prince Harry briefs his men on a forthcoming manoeuvre with a cigarette hanging from his mouth. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

"The Prince thought long and hard about his decision to leave active military service but, having served his country on two tours of duty, he felt the time was right to leave. He has loved his time serving," a senior source told the Evening Standard. "Officials are still working on the precise timings but he will leave the military this year after serving Down Under. Before that he will travel to both countries and be based there and is very much looking forward to that.

Born soldier ... Britain's Prince Harry during a visit to the barracks of Britain's Light Dragoons in Hanover, Germany, in 1993. Picture: AP Source: AP

"The exact timings have not been finalised yet, but are expected to be announced officially very soon," the source said.

Kensington Palace would not comment on news that he was set to quit the Army.

Another source said Harry, 30, was keen to follow his father Prince Charles's lead and dedicate more of his time to conservation and the environment.

Both servicemen ... Prince Harry with his father, the Prince of Wales, standing in front of an Apache Helicopter. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

"Harry just felt it was time for a new chapter in his life. One of his plans is to spend a significant period in Africa working on areas to do with conservation and wildlife," the source said. "He will also focus on his charities and maintain his interests in highlighting the plight of injured service staff."

Harry joined the Army in 2005. He served in Afghanistan in 2007 and again in 2012 and early 2013 as an Apache pilot, a job which he stood down from in January for a desk job.

Ended service at 30 ... Britain's Prince William, left, and Prince Harry, right, during a photo call at RAF Shawbury, Shropshire, England in 2009. Picture: AP Source: News Limited

Prince William left his full-time active armed forces job as an RAF Search and Rescue Pilot at around the same age as Harry.

Prince Charles finished his active career in the Royal Navy aged 28.


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