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Prince Harry 'banned from pubs' during Apache pilot training

London, Tue, 13 Mar 2012 ANI

London, March 13 (ANI): Prince Harry has been banned from pubs and social events, and told to concentrate on his helicopter training, or risk being dropped from his dream second tour of Afghanistan.

 

Army chiefs have warned the partying Royal, 27, that once he returns from his Commonwealth tour he must not be seen outside of his Apache pilot training course as he is made battle-ready.

 

And he has been also told he can have no more time away from training - including Royal duties - if he wants to ensure he can fly the deadly attack helicopters on the front line in Helmand.

 

"Harry has been told that his whole life is now dedicated to the Apache. If it isn't, he won't go to war - it's as simple as that. It's black and white and the choice is his," the Sun quoted a source as saying.

 

"He's been told that he can't spend every spare moment down the pub and can't risk spending more time on another Royal tour.

 

"Harry has taken those orders on board and assured the people who need to know that he will knuckle down and give absolutely everything to the final weeks of his Apache training.

 

"He is determined to get back to Afghanistan - and to do it in the Apache. He wants to serve his Queen and country more than anything," the source added.

 

A spokesman for the prince confirmed last night the Harry would be focusing on his military duties and his commitments to the Army Air Corps were now his "priority".

 

As an Apache pilot Harry will be deployed for up to four months in Afghanistan, where he had served ten weeks in 2008 as a forward air controller, operating out of Camp Bastion in the Afghan desert.

 

This summer he and his unit will be made battle-ready during training in Kenya, where the intense heat will prepare them for the climate of the Afghan badlands.

 

Harry's skills as a foot soldier will be honed as he yomps at night, lives off "ratpacks" and practises escape and evasion drills.

 

Until then, his intensive training will resume at Army Air Corps base RAF Wattisham, Suffolk. (ANI)

 


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