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Prince Harry banned from the pub and told to concentrate on Apache training


Army chiefs have banned Prince Harry from pubs and social events and ordered him to concentrate on his helicopter training or face missing out on his second tour of Afghanistan, it was reported today.

Captain Wales, as he has known, has been told that once he returns tomorrow from his Commonwealth tour - during which he has larked around with sprinter Usain Bolt and met a string of beauty queens - he must knuckle down.

The 27-year-old royal has been told he can have no more time away from his training as an Apache pilot, including Royal duties, if he wants to fly the attack helicopter on the front line in Helmand, according to The Sun.

A source told the newspaper: "Harry has been told that his whole life is now dedicated to the Apache. If it isn't, he won't go to war - it's as simple as that. It's black and white and the choice is his.

"He's been told that he can't spend every spare moment down the pub and can't risk spending more time on another Royal tour.

"Harry has taken those orders on board and assured the people who need to know that he will knuckle down and give absloutely everything to the final weeks of his Apache training.

"He is determined to get back to Afghanistan - and to do it in the Apache. He wants to serve his Queen and country more than anything."

A spokesman last night confirmed that Harry would be focusing on his military duties and the his commitments to the Army Air Corps were now his "priority".

The prince is seeking to return to Afghanistan after serving for ten weeks in 2008 as a forward air controller. This time he is expected to operate as an Apache pilot out of Camp Bastion.

His intensive preparation for the role is due to resume at RAF Wattisham in Suffolk before further training in Kenya over the summer, The Sun reported.

At the weekend, Harry made clear that while he would get involved with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, he and the Duke of Cambridge would continue to focus on their military careers ahead of royal duties.

He said: "Nothing's ever certain, as I've realised. But I'll do what's asked of me. You can't sit there with a stiff upper lip and not get involved.

"I'm in a very privileged position, so I'll use my title to help out where I can, but at the same time, we've both got our military careers, and that's what we'll continue to do.

"I will help out with my grandmother whenever she needs me, but I have this job that does suck up a lot of my time, and that's the number one for me."