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Prince Harry to Leave British Military After 10 Years of Service

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 10:48 AM

Prince Harry is dusting off his résumé after officially announcing that he is leaving the military, calling it a "tough decision" to give up his career in the British Army.

Speaking for the first time about the decision since rumors hit the news media in February about his possible departure, the 30-year-old prince said he was fortunate to have such a fulfilling experience in the military.

"After a decade of service, moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision," Prince Harry said, according to The Telegraph. "I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process."

"From learning the hard way to stay onside with my Color Sergeant at Sandhurst, to the incredible people I served with during two tours in Afghanistan, the experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life," he continued. "For that I will always be hugely grateful."

Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales in the British Army, said even though he is leaving the military, he hopes to stay connected with those serving in the British armed forces, including the Invictus Games.

"Inevitably most good things come to an end and I am at a crossroads in my military career," the prince said, according to The Telegraph. "Luckily for me, I will continue to wear the uniform and mix with fellow servicemen and women for the rest of my life."

The London Evening Standard reported that Prince Harry completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan and another five months serving as a helicopter gunship pilot. The royal had described his Apache pilot fighting experience attacking the Taliban as "the best experience ever," but concluded that role last January.

Prince Harry is expected to delve into charity work and plans to spend time on field trips to Africa. The prince will also pursue his interest in conservation and wildlife, the newspaper noted.

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