When I first read about Prince Harry taking a desk job in Central London after all his military training, I was like whaaaaat?
Back in January, it was announced that Harry would take up a “Staff Officer role” after flying Apache helicopters, having completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan. During his time at the Armed Forces headquarters, he helped put together commemorative and ceremonial events, and has been particularly busy as of late organizing the Invictus Games.
Now, the Daily Mail reports, the Commissioned Officer in the Household Cavalry is planning to return to the skies
“Harry is going back to flying next year and will spend four to six months on a refresher course,” a military source told Sebastian Shakespeare. “He may not necessarily go back to Apaches. A decision will be made closer to the time.”
What’s interesting about this bit of news is that Kensington Palace, usually quick to shut down rumors regarding William and Harry’s careers, didn’t deny that Harry could possibly switch roles next year. They did however, note that this particular story was merely “speculative.”
To me, this report isn’t coming out of left field. When the palace made this announcement about Harry, I found the move to be uncharacteristic of someone so passionate about his job in the military. Not to discredit a desk job, because it’s very valuable, but such a position seems more likely for someone with a family or in a serious relationship (which Harry could have had with Cressida Bonas at the time). Hearing that he may be returning to the cockpit is no surprise, given the amount of training he’s put in over the past three or so years.
Prince Harry will celebrate his 30th birthday on September 15th.