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Prince Harry confirms army departure

Britain's Prince Harry has said his time in the army will "stay with him for the rest of his life" as he prepares to leave.

The 30-year-old royal has confirmed the news, which was first reported by British newspaper London Evening Standard last month. Harry 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 in a statement.

"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 explaining it was the natural time for Harry to move to pastures new, while according to British newspaper 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.

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