Prince Harry: Dad has to tell me to behave like a prince
Prince Harry has revealed he gets regular nudges from his father reminding him to act more like a prince.
The 28-year-old, who has been an Army officer for six-and-a-half years, finds it easy to forget he is in the royal family once he is in uniform.
A naked romp in a hotel room might be seen as letting off steam for most junior officers, but for Harry, it fuels his reputation as a party-animal and “Playboy Prince”So is he more comfortable being Captain Wales than Prince Harry?
“Definitely,” he said in Afghanistan, “I’ve always been like that.
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“My father’s always trying to remind me about who I am and stuff like that.
“But it’s very easy to forget about who I am when I am in the army. Everyone’s wearing the same uniform and doing the same kind of thing.”
When he was in Helmand Province, where there were no distractions, he could get on with his day job as an Apache co-pilot gunner (CPG) and blend into the background.“All the officers get called Sir, and it’s great fun,” he said.
“I get on well with the lads and I enjoy my job. It really is as simple as that.”
Harry has become more involved in official royal duties in recent years: last March he made his first solo tour to Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica to mark the Diamond Jubilee, then went on to Brazil to promote the UK.
The prince was also chosen as the figurehead for the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in London last summer, which he attended with his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.
But along with the extra responsibility comes potential for high-profile mishaps.
“Certain people remind me, ‘Remember who you are, so don’t always drop your guard’,” he said.
Harry believes all soldiers in the army need to be able switch between their private and professional lives, but for him and his brother, there is another persona – that of a royal.
He explained his “three mes”.
“One in the Army, one socially in my own private time, and then one with the family and stuff like that. So there is a switch and I flick it when necessary. And I’d like to think that it’s measured and balanced as the way it is.”