LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Prince Harry’s California visit could last two months, reports Clarence House to news today. Prince Harry’s California and Arizona visit will include Exercise Crimson Eagle, an Apache helicopter training course. The news comes as Harry reportedly wants to go to the frontline of the Afghanistan war this summer.
In February 2008, LALATE reported that Prince Harry had withdrawn from his Afghan duty because an Australian magazine and German newspaper leaked his whereabouts. The Ministry of Defense was not pleased by the news media’s handling of Harry’s security details at the time. “Until Prince Harry returns to the UK, we would ask that the media refrain from speculating on his current location, timelines and routes.”
Yet British media had followed the directives. “The Ministry of Defence would like to reiterate its gratitude for the responsible attitude that the UK media has taken throughout Prince Harry’s deployment and for the assistance of the Society of Editors in establishing the understanding between the Ministry of Defence and the media.”
In a statement today, Clarence House said that his courses will finish this year. His location and dates in California have not been released to news. “Harry is an Army pilot and will deploy wherever the Army chooses to send him. His course finishes in 2012 and after that his deployment will be a matter for the Army chain of command.”