Prince Harry served in the military when he went on a tour of Afghanistan, but what was his role exactly at the time? After disclosing that he killed 25 people on his second tour of duty in the said country in his memoir, Spare, he was said to be a co-pilot at the time.
Prince Harry served as a co-pilot during his second Afghanistan deployment in an Apache attack helicopter. And for him to retain his license to fly, he reportedly joined an exclusive helicopter club near his home in Santa Barbara, California.
Prince Harry’s Co-Pilot Duty
The royal family confirmed that the Duke of Sussex started training as a pilot in 2008, per BBC. At the time, he was only 24 years old.
He received his Apache badge in April 2011 after completing the training’s first stage. He was known in the military as Harry Wales then and was promoted to Captain within the Army Air Corps.
Veteran Life noted Prince Harry served out of Camp Bastion and operated Apaches for a 20-week deployment in September 2012.
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He fought against the Taliban and returned to the U.K. in January 2013.
In his memoir, Meghan Markle’s husband claimed that he flew six missions during his second tour on the frontline, ending up with him “taking human lives” that he was neither proud nor ashamed, The Telegraph noted.
Prince Harry began his post as a staff officer in January 2014 and was commissioned officer with the Household Cavalry regiment in London.
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His military career ended in June 2015 after serving for a decade.
Prince Harry Joins Exclusive Helicopter Club
Meanwhile, Prince Harry reportedly joined an exclusive helicopter club near their home so that he could take trips with Meghan and Archie, The Sun claimed.
The membership would also let him keep his helicopter license up-to-date and renewable.
“Harry has joined a local flying club in California so that he can keep his helicopter license current,” a source told the publication. “You know you have to do a number of hours per year otherwise your license won’t be renewed, and that applies in the U.S. as much as it does in the U.K.”
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Alternatively, Prince Harry’s friend, via Page Six, revealed he was very proud of his license.
“He worked hard to get first the basic and then the Apache… He’s hardly likely to be recalled for military service in England again, but he wants to keep the hours up for personal use, so he and Meghan can just take off for expeditions if they want to,” the pal revealed.
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