Prince Harry is saying goodbye to his army days with a farewell tour that includes a whole month in Australia.
The Prince, who has served in the British army for a decade, will retire from the army after spending a month in April-May at the army barracks in Darwin, Perth and Sydney.
“Spending time with the Australian Defence Force will be incredible and I know I will learn a lot,” the prince said in a statement.
Deciding to leave the army was a difficult decision for the prince who said in the statement,
“After a decade of service, moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision,” Harry said in the statement.
“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. From learning the hard way to stay onside with my Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst, to the incredible people I served with during two tours in Afghanistan – the experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful,” he said.
After finishing up with the Prince will continue his involvement with charities working to rehabilitate injured returned service men and women, as well as his conservation projects in Africa. In 2014 the Prince launched the Invictus Games, an athletic tournament for wounded service personnel.
Along with his father, Prince Charles, Harry is expected to attend the Gallipoli celebrations at ANZAC Cove this year.
After Harry’s stint in Australia he will undertake a royal tour of New Zealand.