Conflict & Justice

Prince Harry returns from helicopter tour in Afghanistan


Britain's Prince Harry laughs as he speaks with RAF personnel during a visit to an RAF base in Suffolk, easten England in July 2010. The Atlantic Council have now announced they are awarding the prince their 2012 award for humanitarian leadership for his work with injured services personnel.


Ben Stansall

Prince Harry is back after a four-month tour of duty in Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot. 

Capt. Wales served as a co-pilot gunner in southern Helmand province, and said he took aim at Taliban insurgents. 

"Yea, so lots of people have," said Prince Harry when asked if he had killed anyone. "The squadron's been out here. Everyone's fired a certain amount."

“Take a life to save a life," Prince Harry added, BBC News reported. "That’s what we revolve around, I suppose. If there’s people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we’ll take them out of the game.”

Harry, who last made the headlines over nude pictures surfaced of him from a trip to Las Vegas, also said he relished the chance to be "one of the guys," the Washington Post reported

“My father’s always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that,” said Harry, the younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. “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.”

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This was Harry's second tour of duty in Afghanistan; his first in 2007-2008, was cut short after 10 weeks when British media disclosed his whereabouts despite a blackout on reporting on where the prince was stationed.

This time around, reporters received limited access to Harry in exchange for not publishing details of his military operations, the Washington Post reported. 

Prince Harry will take  time off before returning to his army base in Wattisham, Suffolk, Southeast England, ABC News reported

Of his brother William and sister-in-law Kate's coming baby, he said "it's about time" and that he "can't wait to be an uncle." 

Several members of the royal family have served, including Prince Andrew, who flew Royal Navy helicopters during the 1982 Falklands War; Harry's grandfather, Prince Philip, who served on Royal Navy battleships during World War II; and older brother William, a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue pilot who has been kept from the front lines for his safety, CTV News reported