Prince Harry has confirmed that he will leave the army after more than ten years of service and said his decision was an incredibly tough one to make.
The 30-year-old royal has confirmed the news, which was first reported by British newspaper London Evening Standard last month.
The prince will leave in June ten years after he first joined the armed forces.
"After a decade of service, moving on from the army has been a really tough decision. 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," he said.
"From learning the hard way to stay onside with my Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst, to the incredible people I served with during two tours in Afghanistan — the experiences I have had over the last ten years will stay with me for the rest of my life. Inevitably most good things come to an end and I am at a crossroads in my military career."
The royal also opened up about his future plans, explaining that as a whole chapter of his life is ending he is excited to switch straight away to a new one.
This summer he will travel to Africa and work with conservation groups and after that he plans to work with people have been injured while serving their country on a voluntary basis. At the same time, he will be thinking about how he wants to spend his life long term.
A Kensington Palace spokesperson revealed it was the natural time for Harry to move to newer pastures but according to The Daily Mail the prince began to realise he didn't want to get to a higher position in the army so it was time to leave.
The royal still has some time left in the forces, and is due to spend the next two months in the Australian Defence Force.
Meanwhile the much lusted after royal has recently been linked to his ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy who recently split from her jeweller boyfriend Charles Goode.
Harry and Chelsea dated for six years before splitting more than five years ago.
"Harry and Chelsy are talking nearly every day," an insider told Grazia. "They have always had amazing chemistry, so it's no wonder they've been drawn back together."
"They have mutual friends so they're always at the same events, but there was something about the meeting before Christmas. Since then, it's been very flirty. Everyone in their circle jokes that Chelsy is Harry's Camilla because, like Camilla for his father, Chelsy is the one woman Harry could never get over."
Prince William is in China for a high-profile trip that will see him highlight the illegal wildlife trade and visit some of the nation's most famous sites, while his expectant wife Kate Middleton enters the last few weeks of her pregnancy.