After more than three years with Britain's Army Air Corps, Prince Harry is leaving for a new job, Kensington Palace announced Friday, Jan. 17.
Officials said the red-headed Prince of Wales, 29, is leaving his post as an Apache helicopter pilot to become a staff officer stationed in London. His responsibilities will include organizing and coordinating "significant projects and commemorative events" involving the army. His new job starts next week, a source confirms to Us Weekly.
Harry is also planning to have Britain host the Warrior Games, a Palace spokesperson tells Us. “Prince Harry was hugely impressed by the Warrior Games which he visited in the United States in May," the rep says. "He said then he would be keen to see it brought to the UK and would do what he could to help."
The Prince became a fully operational Apache helicopter pilot back in February 2012. From September 2012 through January 2013, the young royal completed an operational tour stint in Afghanistan as an Apache pilot. Last July, he qualified as an Apache aircraft commander. The statement released Friday added that Harry will retain his rank of captain and remain in the Household Cavalry.
"Captain Wales has reached the pinnacle of flying excellence as an Apache pilot, particularly in Afghanistan," Lt. Col. Tom de la Rue, who commanded Prince Harry in the Army Air Corps, said in the release. "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."
Coinciding with the announcement of his new office job this week was the reemergence of a clean-shaven Harry! As previously reported by Us, Queen Elizabeth II was not a fan of her grandson's scruff, which he grew out during his ‘Walking With the Wounded’ trek in Antarctica last year. "Facial hair will never go down with the queen."