Prince Harry quits helicopter pilot role for desk job

Prince Harry has quit his job as a helicopter pilot to take up a more sedate office-based role in London.
Prince Harry in Afghanistan.

Kensington Palace made the shock announcement on Saturday, revealing Harry had “ended his attachment” to the Army Air Corps, effective immediately.

Harry – who spent three and a half years working as an Apache pilot – will now take up a Staff Officer role in London.

The office-based desk job will be based in central London and will involve coordinating Army projects and commemorative events.

It will be a good deal less exciting than Harry’s previous post, which allowed him to serve in Afghanistan twice.

“Captain Wales has reached the pinnacle of flying excellence as an Apache pilot, particularly in Afghanistan and, in the process, has proved to be a real inspiration to the many Army Air Corps officers and soldiers who have come to know him so well over the last two years,” Harry’s commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Tom de la Rue said.

Harry is said to be disappointed by the move, but reportedly understands it is his duty to support his grandmother the Queen as she gets older.

Her Majesty’s advancing age has already impacted Prince William’s career ambitions – he was forced to resign his post as a search and rescue pilot last year to devote more time to royal engagements.

Harry’s new job has also sparked anger in the UK, with critics upset that the $4.7 million spent training Harry to be a pilot now appears wasted.

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