Prince Harry Arrives In UK From Afghanistan

Prince Harry has arrived back at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire after his second tour in Afghanistan.

In his first interview since returning home, the 28-year-old Apache co-pilot gunner, said he was “very happy to be back” and is “longing to see his brother and sister-in-law” as well as the rest of his family.

He said 2013 would see him taking up more royal duties, including charity work, but added that he would “continue being a soldier” even when he’s not wearing his uniform.

Describing his four-and-a-half stint away, he said: “You get life experiences that you get nowhere else out there.”

Harry has been on post-deployment “decompression” at a British military base in Cyprus, since leaving war-torn Helmand Province on Monday evening.

He returned home on a regular personnel flight and is now expected to travel on with his unit, 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, to their Suffolk headquarters.

Harry is likely to have drunk his first beer in 20 weeks on the Mediterranean island, as troops are given four cans of lager to help unwind after an arduous tour in Helmand.

The third-in-line to the throne has revealed to the media that he took Taliban fighters “out of the game” from the cockpit of Apache attack helicopters and admitted he “let himself down” by romping naked in Las Vegas just weeks before his deployment.

Asked about the Taliban comments, he said: “You get asked to do things that you would expect to do wearing this uniform. That’s as simple as that, really.”

The prince’s duties included stints as part of the Very High Readiness (VHR) team at Camp Bastion, awaiting a call 24 hours a day.

Once airborne the task could be anything from medical evacuation of a wounded soldier, to firing on the enemy who might have coalition troops pinned down.