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Apache co-pilot Harry is 'in the thick of it' in Afghanistan

13 OCTOBER 2012

Prince Harry has been praised for being fully involved in his life-threatening work on the frontline in Afghanistan.

A military source described how the the Prince's four-man team is on standby 24 hours a day, meaning "he can be sat in a deckchair for hours then scrambled immediately."

 

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The 28-year-old, who is known as Captain Wales when on duty, was likened to a "World War Two Spitfire Pilot" after being called at moments notice to help save the lives of British soldiers in Afghanistan.

Since returning to Camp Bastion in September, Harry, who flies Apache attack helicopters, has had "multiple engagements" with the Taliban as his team land to evacuate wounded troops. 

The camp itself also came under attack last month, but thankfully the young royal was left unharmed.

The Queen's grandson is one month into a four month depolyment as a co-pilot gunner, which the source added was a diverse and serious role, saying "this is no game and Harry is on the frontline of a terrfying war."

He silenced any critics sceptical of the Prince's involvement, saying that he is "in the thick of it and is one of the lads, he's genuinely liked and respected by his comrades and if people think flying an Apache in a war zone is privileged child's play they're on another planet. He's genuinely risking his life."

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