Prince Harry to leave the Army in June

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Prince Harry will leave the Army in June, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

He has been in the military for ten years and says he is looking forward to a "new chapter" in his life.

During that time he was sent to Afghanistan twice, most recently in 2012 as an Apache helicopter co-pilot and gunner.

In a statement the prince said he was at a "crossroads" and quitting the Army had been a "really tough decision".

He said: "I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process."

The prince takes part in a command test at the Army's Regular Commissioning Board in 2004PA
The prince, seen here taking an Army test in 2004, started his full-time military duties in May 2005
Prince Harry takes part in his final training exercise in 2006MOD via Getty
Prince Harry completed his final training in 2006 and joined the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals)
Prince Harry talks to a Gurkha soldier at the observation post at JTAC Hill in Helmand provinceMOD
The prince was in Afghanistan in 2007/08 but was pulled out after the media reported his secret deployment
Prince Harry at his second tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012AFP/Getty Images
The prince embarked on a second tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012
Prince Harry poses in front of an Apache attack aircraft after qualifying as aircraft commanderMOD
His Army Air Corps pilot training began in 2009 and he qualified as an Apache pilot in February 2012
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Prince Harry served as an Apache helicopter co-pilot and gunner in Afghanistan

When he leaves the Army in June, Prince Harry will do voluntary work with a conservation project in Africa and with disabled veterans back in the UK.

General Sir Nicholas Carter, the professional head of the Army, paid tribute to the prince.

He said: "Captain Harry Wales, as he is known affectionately in the Army, has achieved much in his 10 years as a soldier."

"He has been at the forefront throughout his service. He has insisted on being treated the same as his peers."