Playboy prince on boot camp

10/01/2019 Posted by admin

The 20-year-old prince begins a tough 44-week intensive officer training course at the academy.

“I am really excited. I want to get on with it and do the best job I can do,” Harry said in a statement issued by Clarence House.

His new world will involve physical hardship, lack of sleep, strict discipline and will likely keep him out of trouble, for a short while at least.

During the first five weeks, known as the “breaking-in” period, cadets train for up to 20 hours a day without leaving the academy grounds.

Once they get through that, the recruits are allowed to venture into the outside world for a weekend.

That usually involves heavy drinking at pubs and clubs in London, an activity that’s not unknown to the “playboy” prince.

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, personally took his son to Sandhurst, in southeast England, after laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in central London to mark the 60th anniversary of VE Day.

A royal spokesperson said Harry was “very much looking forward” to officer training, after he was forced to delay his entry by five months to recover from an injured knee.

“He was very disappointed that he could not go in January because his knee was not quite up to it, and the next one he had to wait for was May, so he has been chomping at the bit,” the spokesperson said.

There was also a brief moment of doubt in January whether Harry would attend Sandhurst after he was pictured at a costume party dressed as a Nazi German soldier, complete with a swastika armband.

His choice of outfit, shortly before the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, triggered an uproar for which the prince apologised.

Prince Harry gained a reputation for partying in 2001 after admitting to smoking pot at his father’s Highgrove Estate and drinking at a nearby pub when he was 17.

He further hit the headlines after a fight with a photographer outside a London nightclub.

Recruits arrived at the military school carrying their kit on their backs and an obligatory ironing board.

Harry met Commandant Major General Andrew Ritchie on the steps of the old college building as he arrived.

He was also introduced to tough-talking Sergeant Major Vince Gaunt, who will keep the 270 new cadets in check.

The young prince was later seen with a red name badge that simply said “Wales”.

Harry’s choice to serve “grandma and country” follows a family tradition, although he is the first royal in recent times to pick the Army.

His father Prince Charles, and grandfather Prince Philip both served in the Royal Navy.

Harry, who turns 21 this year, has spent time since graduating from elite Eton College working on a polo farm in Argentina and a sheep station in Australia.

He also went to Lesotho, in southern Africa, to work with children living with AIDS.

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