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Prince Harry Steps Back From Attack Helicopter Pilot Role

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CNN LONDON (CNN)--- Prince Harry will move to a desk job in London, and keep his rank of captain but take him out of a potential combat role flying Apache helicopters.

He has served in Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot and gunner.

His commanding officer says "has reached the pinnacle of flying excellence." His deployments included a four-month stint in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, known as a Taliban stronghold.

The move to a new role comes at a time of increasing British media speculation about his relationship with Cressida Bonas. 

His responsibilities "will include helping to co-ordinate significant projects and commemorative events involving the Army in London," a Kensington Palace news release said.

Prince Harry spent 3½ years in training and operational service with the Apache Force during his time with the Army Air Corps.

He was awarded the prize for best co-pilot gunner during training and became a fully operational Apache pilot in February 2012. Harry has embraced an increasingly public role in the past couple of years.

In December, he and a team made up of wounded UK veterans reached the South Pole, after a grueling trek across the Antarctic with the Walking With The Wounded charity.

The prince hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in 2012, after he was photographed naked while in his swanky Las Vegas hotel suite with friends and a group of women they had met.

The images were widely published on the Internet and by Britain's best-selling tabloid newspaper The Sun.

But in the months preceding that, Harry had won praise from the UK media for embracing a more central public role in support of the Queen in her diamond jubilee year.

This included representing his grandmother at the Olympics Closing Ceremony and on a royal tour to the Caribbean.

 

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