Prince Harry has officially left the army today after over a decade of full-time military service, including two tours of Afghanistan.
The fifth-in-line to the throne will now spend the next three months volunteering for front-line conservation projects in Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Botswana, Kensington Palace have confirmed.
In a statement today, Kensington Palace said:
The prince has had a fulfilling military career and considers it a huge honour to have served his country in the armed forces, during which time he has undertaken two operational tours of duty in Afghanistan, qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander, spearheaded the Invictus Games and – most recently – undertaken an attachment with the Australian Defence Force.
Speaking last month, the 30-year-old Harry confessed it was a tough decision to leave the military and noted that his experiences would stay with him for the rest of his life. The prince said he had an “epic 10 years” and that Army life kept him “out of trouble”.
He has promised to keep work with military personnel in the Commonwealth as a “permanent feature” of his royal and charitable duties. From the autumn Harry will work as a volunteer with a Personnel Recovery Unit in London, where he’ll help wounded soldiers with their rehabilitation.
The prince is expected to leave for Africa next week.