Prince Harry Arrives Home After Deployment

Young royal flourished under adverse conditions of battle
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2008 7:31 AM CST

(Newser) – Prince Harry is back home after an abrupt end to his hitherto unreported Afghanistan deployment, CNN reports. The frustrated royal had earlier rued his return. "I don't want to sit around in Windsor," Harry, third in line to the throne, had told the Telegraph. "But I generally don't like England that much. It's nice to be away from all the press and the papers."

As an air controller, the prince came under mortar and machine gun fire five times a day and was involved in a firefight with the Taliban. His commanding officer praised Harry's "cool nerve, mental agility" and judgment in battle, and the young royal himself called the posting "all my dreams come true"—the closest he ever got to a normal life.