Prince Harry starts helicopter tour


Prince Harry has flown to Afghanistan to begin a four-month tour of duty with the British army, during which he will command a British Apache attack helicopter from Camp Bastion in Helmand.

The prince, known as Capt Wales in the armed forces, flew out from RAF Brize Norton in England along with hundreds of other military personnel as part of the regular rotation of forces.

The prince’s commander said yesterday he hoped he would be “left to get on with his duties”, though the media interest is likely to be intense.

Given the prince’s proclivity for buffoonish behaviour, the military knows that publicising his deployment is a potentially risky strategy.

The third in line to the throne is 28 in less than two weeks. – (Guardian service)