Prince Harry won’t be joining the Aussie army

Royal officials have dismissed media reports Prince Harry is to spend six months on assignment to the Australian army.

Prince Harry

An Australian newspaper reported on Thursday that planning was under way for Harry, third in line to the throne, to be formally embedded in an Australian army unit or make an extended visit as an observer.

But a spokeswoman for his St James’ Palace office has said: “There are no such plans. He is still very much engaged in the military here. It’s business as usual.”

Harry, 28, is an Apache attack helicopter gunner with the British army and has served twice in Afghanistan.

He stirred controversy on returning from his second tour of duty in January by joking that his skill at computer games had helped him to kill Taliban fighters.

His first tour, serving on the ground as a forward air controller, was cut short in 2008 after foreign media outlets broke a carefully arranged blackout.

Harry spent part of his gap year in Australia in 2003, working as a jackaroo in the outback.

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