HRH Prince Harry arrived back in England today after a quick stopover in Cyprus for "a bit of blue sky, a bit of decompression [and] some comedy." The Prince said that just like any other soldier he is thrilled be back home and able to catch up with family and friends “behind closed doors.” He joked with the media that they “aren’t invited”. The third-in-line said in the near future he hopes to get back to royal duties and be able to tend to the many charities he is involved with. However, his status as active duty military takes a priority and he pointed out that "the army will have an idea [what they want me to do], and what that is I will do."
The Prince, who was giving the lengthy comments to the media upon his arrival, certainly showed the wounds of battle as most soldiers do. When asked if he was excited to get back to normal he gave a candid response:
"I don't know what normal is anymore. There is nothing normal about what we have been doing for the past four-and-a-half months. There is nothing normal about what is going on out there. In the last day I was there, a seven-and-a-half-year-old girl got shot down by the insurgents. So normality is [a] very, very ambiguous thing, if you know what I mean.”
In discussions with the media before leaving Afghanistan Harry implied the obvious, that he had both killed insurgents and been fired at from the ground. When asked to elaborate on those comments he, like a good soldier, responded:
"You get asked to do things. You get asked to do things you would expect to do wearing this uniform and that is as simple as that really."
The Prince is a Captain in the Blues and Royals attached to the Army Air Corps where he serves as a gunner on the Apache helicopters.