Prince Harry is serving his country once again. The 27-year-old flew into Afghanistan earlier today to begin a four-month combat tour with the British military.
"Capt. Wales (Prince Harry) is a serving soldier and a qualified Apache [helicopter] pilot having completed the Apache conversion to role course this year," a rep for the military said in a statement. "As such, and after further flying experience, Capt. Wales was deployed along with the rest of the squadron as part of a long-planned and scheduled deployment."
And contrary to popular belief, the decision has nothing to do with Harry's wild behavior in Las Vegas last month.
"It goes without saying that one doesn't deploy as an Apache pilot to Afghanistan at short notice," the rep adds. "Prince Harry's time in Las Vegas was his last break before the frontline."
This is Prince Harry's first mission in Afghanistan since 2008.
"I've served my country. I enjoyed it because I was with my friends. And, you know, everyone has a part to play," he's said about returning. "You can't train people and then not put them into the role they need to play. For me personally, as I said, I want to serve my country. I've done it once, and I'm still in the Army. I feel as though I should get the opportunity to do it again."
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