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Prince Harry Arrives In UK From Afghanistan
Prince Harry has arrived back at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire after his second tour in Afghanistan.
In his first interview since returning home, the 28-year-old Apache co-pilot gunner said killing the Taliban is a job "you would expect to do" as a soldier.
The third-in-line to the throne made headlines this week after he confirmed he shot dead insurgents from the cockpit - saying he took the enemy "out of the game".
In response to his comments, he said: "You get asked to do things that you would expect to do wearing this uniform. That's as simple as that, really."
After 20 weeks away, Harry said he was "very happy to be back" and is "longing" to see his brother and sister-in-law as well as the rest of his family.
He said: "You get life experiences that you get nowhere else out there."
Harry has been on post-deployment "decompression" at a British military base in Cyprus, since leaving Helmand Province on Monday evening.
Harry is likely to have drunk his first beer in 20 weeks on the Mediterranean island, as troops are given four cans of lager to help unwind.
He returned home on a regular personnel flight but did not go with the rest of his 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, to their headquarters in Wattisham in Suffolk.
St James's Palace said he left Brize Norton privately, but did not comment on where he was headed.
The prince's duties included stints as part of the Very High Readiness (VHR) team at Camp Bastion, awaiting a call 24 hours a day.
Once airborne the task could be anything from medical evacuation of a wounded soldier, to firing on the enemy who might have coalition troops pinned down.
Speaking on his return, he said: "We are supporting the Afghan people, supporting the Afghan army. The way that things are going are fantastic - I suppose that sounds a typical MoD/Army answer, but it's true.
"The difference between 2006 and now is absolutely fantastic."
He revealed he does not have any particular plans for the coming year, but he would like to dedicate more time to royal duties and charitable causes.
Asked what 2013 had in store, he said: "I really don't know. The Army will have an idea, I presume, and whatever that is, I will do.
"Given the opportunity I'd like to take on more royal stuff, to the extent that pre-deployment has been very, very busy.
"Hopefully there will be a few gaps that open up, and as long as I stay current flying and continue with the job, then I'll be able to pay some more attention to the charities and stuff like that."
what do you think?
Welcome home Harry. Job well done along with all the other armed forces
Diane he doesnt do nothing than any royal has done in recent history and that is to publicise the fact that the royals are onward christian soldiers going on to war.when the reality is they keep him out of harms way .if you ever believe that his.life is serious put at risk then you are delusional.
I didn't say he did anything any other royal has done. Good luck to him. Were tou out there with him, if he said he shot at the enemy I believe him. Along with the other lads and girls he was with fighting the enemy
Jane you dont get into the cockpit of a multi million pound attack helicopter In afghanistan just for a jolly boys outing to the tora bora mountains.
Chris who said he did ? and Jane maybe you would like to serve out there remember he went into the field twice and made it clear in his interview that this was the only job where he could get back out to Afghanistan but would prefer to be back on the ground. Loosen up a bit and open your eyes
Ha ha pathetic.as if hes normal.lets see him go into one to one battle with the taliban.theres real people going into battle everyday giving their lives in the name of britain everyday .royalists will say see he doing his bit.rubbish.propaganda is the new evil.
Well said, Jane!
In your eyes royals can't win,if he hadn't gone that would be wrong. You would have said he was chicken and being treated different to the rest oh his battalion
Hes never gonna be bought home in a box diane and have a parade through saffro waldon.is he..
How do you know.
How do you know.your just one of them flag waving bearers who believe the royals dont do no wrong.were as they do just the same as the rest of us do.who gives a damn if he went naked a year ago.why apologise for that now when hes on his way home.so hes home real soldiers arent.just a big propaganda stunt to make himself look good and the royals.
On the contraryShaun, i'm not stupid they are just the same if not worse when it comes to some things.Do you think Harry wanted to be born into it always in the public eye not being able to behave like a normal young lad
Agreed their born into it.and hes coming home to mummy.some arent.dont try to tell me that he doesnt get preferential treatment what nasty sergeant is going to give him a rollicking when he cant get through the mud.yes he might have shot at the taliban might even have bombed them, but why broadcast it when hes an already a known target.now hes back home to mummy he"ll have even more body guards around him.he should have kept quite a bout such things.like our bravest have to.as ive said somewhere else today i dont believe we will ever see any royal bought back in a box.
Erm... don't think he's coming home to mummy now, is he Shaun?
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Ha ha see stevie mays comment has been removed.i couldnt see what it said to be harmful to people..its not like hes racist or nothi.g not like some on here.
How are you shaun okay i hope.
No not really.had a schizaphrenic girl come into office today whose clearly not all there.but failed her medical because she said she was fit for work.she has to have injections everyday by a nurse.yet her money has now been stopped.and on top of that she will be charged £10 aweek because her childten have left home.
Come on shaun youve helped a lot of people before. Whys this got to you so bad today.
Tell me about it shaun! I get censored over everything! Thanks for nothing orange. . Ever heard of free speech? Happy enough to take my money though
It was the way she left all matter of factly and just said " well ill have to go back on the game again".i t was the way she said it.i got to admit it bought me to tears today.so much so i couldnt see the next person.feel really bad about it.
Shaun i hope you mimd me saying this but youve not been well recently.give yourself a rest now.rememeber what you say to everyone else" dont take on the world"youll only lose.try and join it
I may be missing something here but Shaun reveals a sad case and gets thumbs down from all the anti brigade WHY. Shaun can understand your frustration the system works only for those who play it to the full
Shaun i have felt like that many many times but please remember that this is a public forum and you are talking about a client, Don't know if you use your real name or not but your service is supposed to be confidential and it could be possible to identify your service user from the details you have given. I am not trying to be preachy but was a bit shocked ay what you have put into eriting here
....just him then?
Thank heavens he's safely back in the UK, like many people I have been desperately worried that he'd go back to Las Vegas.
Christ. Hed to gambling then.that just wouldnt do..
I wonder if the royals have ever bought a lottery ticket.
They probably buy scratchcards.
Rejoice as the royal princeling returns to blighty, marvel as the life giving rays of the sun emanate from the royal fundament, we plebs are triple blessed, let us all tug our forelocks in gratitude.
Drat, voted down by traitorous republicans, why don't you go to North Korea you pinko commy blaggards!
To the people who see it fit to criticize harry are u or have u been on the front line it seems to me u r republicans if so then I suggest u leave the UK who the hell do people think they are to have a go at the queens grandson
Its not about being anti royalist to me its the fact hes had to tell a story of woe that just does not wash with me.its pathetic.self publiciity..when theres our" real "soldiers losing their lives.
We have a right to reject royalty. Who the hell do you think YOU are telling us to leave the UK, because we favour a republic. This lot are only in the royal job by accident of birth, and being kept there by serfs such as yourself . Grow a pair mate, this is the 21st century, and there is no place for such people. Every man has the right to rule himself or vote for people he trusts to do the job. Royalty , my fat ar...
Dont worry harry will be sunning it up in the bahamas next week with some potential princess.
and we'll be picking up the tab.
Who here would bet with me that you will never see harry come back in a box.dont just put thumbs down say something.
You sound like that is what you are wishing for.of course it is very sad when our troops are bought home in a box,i have been out with a few soldiers in my younger days. How can you say for sure Harry will never come home in one, if he gets sent anywhere again
The authorities know exactly where they are sending him.diane
Wherever he is sent he will be a target, from so called rogue afghan army or police out there. Same wherever
Its not a question of how many soldiers youve had it away with, diane their randy people away from their wives anymore than how many princes youve had it away with.your loding my point.do we really need to know what hes been doing in afganistan anymore than we need to know whether hes been letting his pants down again.im not anti royalist but dont like the self publicity that this news item carries with it.whats he trying to do make himself look good or is he after the military cross.tell me what his motives are for making such a statement.
He should have made this statement after he left the armed forces.then you would have admired him more. Not in the middle of a campaign for self publicity.to make up for letting his pants down.
Anyway diane your getting loads of thumbs up now.that should return you to the status quo.lol
None of my boyfriends were married they were all stationed in Shrewsbury if they were the wives would have been with them. No princes what that has got to do with it My point was it ischard for any soldier being away
shaun I think you must have watched a different interview from me. He made it clear he had not wanted any interview also it should be noted the media ruined two previous deployments one where he was a gunner and his other as a FAC. In both situations the risk was more to those around him. His only way to Afghanistan was in an attack helicopter - he stated he would have preferred to be in the field in his own words Camp Bastion is safe compared with being on the ground. This was not self gratification but either the army or palace using the situation.
Wheres adrian wagstaff today.
If any of you anti-Harry lot saw the interview he made it very clear he did not want the interview and did not want the media following him. After 4 months out there you can bet all he wanted was a few pints and to get home - just like any other serviceman or woman returning. He made no claim to doing anything other than his job and paid admiration to the guys in the field who he and his squadron were supporting. Again this is the media hyping up the story of a guy who would be happy not be the subject.