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Harry: Father reminds me who I am

Prince Harry has revealed he gets regular nudges from his father reminding him to act more like a prince.

The 28-year-old, who has been an Army officer for six-and-a-half years, finds it easy to forget he is in the Royal Family once he is in uniform.

A naked romp in a hotel room might be seen as letting off steam for most junior officers, but for Harry, it fuels his reputation as a party animal and "Playboy Prince"

So is he more comfortable being Captain Wales than Prince Harry?

"Definitely," he said in Afghanistan, "I've always been like that.

"My father's always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that.

"But it's very easy to forget about who I am when I am in the Army. Everyone's wearing the same uniform and doing the same kind of thing."

When he was in Helmand Province, where there were no distractions, he could get on with his day job as an Apache co-pilot gunner (CPG) and blend into the background.

"All the officers get called Sir, and it's great fun," he said.

"I get on well with the lads and I enjoy my job. It really is as simple as that."

Harry has become more involved in official royal duties in recent years: last March he made his first solo tour to Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica to mark the Diamond Jubilee, then went on to Brazil to promote the UK.

The prince was also chosen as the figurehead for the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in London last summer, which he attended with his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.

But along with the extra responsibility comes more potential for high-profile mishaps.

"Certain people remind me, 'Remember who you are, so don't always drop your guard'," he said.

Harry believes all soldiers in the Army need to be able to switch between their private and professional lives, but for him and his brother, there is another persona - that of a royal.

Is it difficult to switch between them?

"No. I think, to be honest with you, it's the role for anybody in the Army, especially the role for myself and William - you've got to be able to flip the switch all the time."

He explained his "three mes".

"One in the Army, one socially in my own private time, and then one with the family and stuff like that. So there is a switch and I flick it when necessary.

"And I'd like to think that it's measured and balanced as the way it is. Army comes first, it's my work at the end of the day."

The royal said that because his professional life is largely kept behind closed doors, the public only read about his royal engagements and his private life.

"No one back home gets to see the stuff that I do while I'm at work and there's no reason why they should, especially working with this aircraft and the stuff that we do, there's no reason why it should be publicised," he said.

"So whenever anybody sees me they presume that I'm off gallivanting around."

Harry said juggling his Army, royal and charitable commitments with his personal life is exhausting.

Staff at St James's Palace and his military base at Wattisham in Suffolk plan a schedule for the prince, which allows him to keep up-to-date with his Army commitments while having time to fulfil royal duties.

"It's been quite hard for the last two-and-a-half years flying this thing, because the amount of time off was restricted," Harry said.

"The Army were obviously very concerned that I wasn't being taken away too much.

"On weekends you're exhausted. All you want to do is collapse and maybe watch TV or just hang around with friends, but it was a case of sitting down, either working and learning about this thing, which takes a long time."

The prince considers himself to be a full-time Army officer and his other commitments "fill in the gaps".

But he insisted he is also entitled to a social life and believes he is unfairly criticised in the press.

"Yes funnily enough we get weekends off - all the Army do," he said.

"I will continue to bounce between my Army job and the other job, of which people back home seem to fail to understand."

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