Being "stuck in Bastion" was a common complaint for Prince Harry during his second deployment to Afghanistan.

The 28-year-old royal, who spent 20 weeks flying Apache helicopters in support of troops in war-ravaged Helmand Province, made no secret of his love-hate relationship with the tour.

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Harry said he'd prefer to be at a Patrol Base when in Afghanistan

While he enjoyed flying high over the desert in state-of-the-art fighting aircraft, he was itching to be back on the ground like he was five years ago.

He served just 10 weeks in 2007-08 coordinating air attacks on the Taliban with his regiment - the Household Cavalry - before foreign websites broke a news blackout on his deployment.

When he was there, Harry relished being able to mix freely with the locals, and was at times just 500m from the frontline trenches of the insurgents.

This time he lived in the relative safety and comfort of Camp Bastion, the base of British Armed Forces in Regional Command South West, a sprawling military complex in the middle of the dusty Afghan desert.

Standing alongside one of the Apaches on the flight line, he said: “I do enjoy it.

"I think everyone that flies enjoys it because you're giving something back.

"And if this is the only way that I can do it, and by getting back out to Afghanistan, then so be it.

"My choice would have been back out on the ground with my regiment. That sounds quite spoilt when I'm standing in front of this thing - £45 million worth - but I think hopefully my friends and family back home know exactly what I'm talking about."

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While he loved the day-job, life on the base was a constant frustration for the co-pilot gunner.

"It is a weird reality, being stuck in Bastion," he said.

"For me, I hate it, being stuck here. I'd much rather be out with the lads in a PB (patrol base). The last job was, for me personally, better."

The thousands of troops stationed at the isolated base go to the canteen for cooked breakfast, lunches and dinners, take their laundry or "dhobi" to the laundrette, and can work out at one of many outdoor and indoor gyms.

They can get a fresh coffee or an alcohol-free beer at the Heroes Bar, pick up Afghan souvenirs at one of the local shops, or even get a takeaway at the Pizza Hut restaurant - a transformed shipping container.

Harry said: "Obviously lots of guys like the luxury and comforts of Bastion, but what's weird, as I said, is we're stuck in Bastion and what's going on out there is completely separate.

"But as soon as we're outside the fence, we're in the thick of it.

"Yes, OK, we're supposedly safe, but anything can go wrong with this thing. But, at the end of the day, we're out there to provide cover and protection for the guys on the ground.

"And once we're on that side of the fence, all this stuff, it's just forgotten about."

Camp Bastion is the largest operational base in the world for the British military, and its aircraft movements make it the equivalent of the UK's fourth busiest airport.

With a perimeter fence of around 25 miles, it is similar in size to Reading and Singapore.

Alongside Bastion are Camp Leatherneck, the base for US forces, and Camp Shorabak, which contains the Afghan National Army.

For most British troops, Camp Bastion is their point of entry into Afghanistan, and where they do some extra training for the environment - Reception, Staging and Onward Integration (RSOI) - before they go out into Helmand Province.

The base is home to thousands of soldiers, but as Harry found, monotony and boredom can be a problem.

Looking at one of the Apache aircraft on the flight line, the royal added: "It is a pain in the arse being stuck in Bastion. Going into the cookhouse with hundreds of people - it's frustrating.

"But then again, I get to fly this thing, so it comes with pros and cons."

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  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 12/12/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, during a TV interview in an Apache repair hanger on the flight-line, at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 03/11/2012 of part of the snack store inside the VHR tent in which Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, relaxes with fellow Apache pilots during the 12 hour VHR (very high ready-ness) shift, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 12/12/2012 of a hand painted mural from 662 Sqd Army Air Corps on a prefabricated blast wall between Apache helicopters flight-line, at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where Prince Harry is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 03/11/2012 of the entertainment facilities inside the VHR tent in which Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, relaxes with fellow Apache pilots during the 12 hour VHR (very high ready-ness) shift, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

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    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 11/12/2012 of British Army Soliders lining up at the self-service food section in the DFAC (Dining Facility), at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where Prince Harry is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 12/12/2012 of a nearly completed hand painted mural from 662 Squadron on a prefabricated blast wall between Apache helicopters flight-line, at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where Prince Harry is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 11/12/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, with fellow air crew in the DFAC (Dining Facility), at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 11/12/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, lining up at the self-service food section behind fellow Apache pilot Simon Beattie (right) in the DFAC (Dining Facility), at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 11/12/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, lining up at the self-service food section behind fellow Apache pilot Simon Beattie in the DFAC (Dining Facility), at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 11/12/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, lining up at the self-service food section behind fellow Apache pilot Simon Beattie (right) in the DFAC (Dining Facility), at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 12/12/2012 of a hand painted mural from 664 Squadron on a prefabricated blast wall between Apache helicopters flight-line, at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where Prince Harry is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 03/11/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, playing a game of Uckers in the VHR (very high ready-ness) tent with fellow pilots at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 12/12/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, wearing a Christmas Hat as he stands outside the VHR (very high readiness) tent, at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he was serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 12/12/2012 of a hand painted mural from 664 Squadron on a prefabricated blast wall between Apache helicopters flight-line, at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where Prince Harry is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 03/11/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, playing a game of Uckers in the VHR (very high ready-ness) tent with fellow pilots at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 03/11/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, playing a game of Uckers in the VHR (very high ready-ness) tent with fellow pilots at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 11/12/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, with fellow air crew in the DFAC (Dining Facility), at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 03/11/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, playing a game of Uckers in the VHR (very high ready-ness) tent with fellow pilots at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 11/12/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, lining up at the self-service food section behind fellow Apache pilot Simon Beattie (right) in the DFAC (Dining Facility), at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 03/11/2012 of the kitchen area inside the VHR tent in which Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, relaxes with fellow Apache pilots during the 12 hour VHR (very high ready-ness) shift, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 12/12/2012 of a nearly completed hand painted mural from 662 Squadron on a prefabricated blast wall between Apache helicopters flight-line, at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where Prince Harry is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    EMBARGOED TO 0001 SUNDAY JANUARY 27. Previously unissued picture dated 12/12/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, during a TV interview in an Apache repair hanger on the flight-line, at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

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    This picture taken on December 12, 2012 shows Britain's Prince Harry (R) giving an interview to a TV crew at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Prince Harry said he was 'thrilled to be back' in Britain as he returned home after serving a 20-week tour of duty in Afghanistan. The 28-year-old Apache attack helicopter co-pilot arrived back on home turf after spending two days' mandatory post-deployment 'decompression' time at a British base in Cyprus. AFP PHOTO/POOL/John STILLWELL - NOTE TO EDITORS THIS PICTURE IS HELD UNDER STRICT EMBARGO AND NOT TO BE RELEASED UNTIL AFTER 0001 GMT ON JANUARY 27, 2013 (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    This picture taken on December 11, 2012 shows Britain's Prince Harry taking his seat in the dining facility at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Prince Harry said he was 'thrilled to be back' in Britain as he returned home after serving a 20-week tour of duty in Afghanistan. The 28-year-old Apache attack helicopter co-pilot arrived back on home turf after spending two days' mandatory post-deployment 'decompression' time at a British base in Cyprus. AFP PHOTO/POOL/John STILLWELL - NOTE TO EDITORS THIS PICTURE IS HELD UNDER STRICT EMBARGO AND NOT TO BE RELEASED UNTIL AFTER 0001 GMT ON JANUARY 27, 2013 (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    This picture taken on November 3, 2012 shows Britain's Prince Harry (L) playing a game of Uckers in the VHR (very high ready-ness) tent with fellow pilots at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Prince Harry said he was 'thrilled to be back' in Britain as he returned home after serving a 20-week tour of duty in Afghanistan. The 28-year-old Apache attack helicopter co-pilot arrived back on home turf after spending two days' mandatory post-deployment 'decompression' time at a British base in Cyprus. AFP PHOTO/POOL/John STILLWELL - NOTE TO EDITORS THIS PICTURE IS HELD UNDER STRICT EMBARGO AND NOT TO BE RELEASED UNTIL AFTER 0001 GMT ON JANUARY 27, 2013 (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AFGHANISTAN-BRITAIN-ROYALS-HARRY-MILITARY

    This picture taken on November 3, 2012 shows Britain's Prince Harry playing a game of Uckers in the VHR (very high ready-ness) tent with fellow pilots at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Prince Harry said he was 'thrilled to be back' in Britain as he returned home after serving a 20-week tour of duty in Afghanistan. The 28-year-old Apache attack helicopter co-pilot arrived back on home turf after spending two days' mandatory post-deployment 'decompression' time at a British base in Cyprus. AFP PHOTO/POOL/John STILLWELL - NOTE TO EDITORS THIS PICTURE IS HELD UNDER STRICT EMBARGO AND NOT TO BE RELEASED UNTIL AFTER 0001 GMT ON JANUARY 27, 2013 (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AFGHANISTAN-BRITAIN-ROYALS-HARRY-MILITARY

    This picture taken on December 11, 2012 shows Britain's Prince Harry (R) walking past in the dining facility at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Prince Harry said he was 'thrilled to be back' in Britain as he returned home after serving a 20-week tour of duty in Afghanistan. The 28-year-old Apache attack helicopter co-pilot arrived back on home turf after spending two days' mandatory post-deployment 'decompression' time at a British base in Cyprus. AFP PHOTO/POOL/John STILLWELL - NOTE TO EDITORS THIS PICTURE IS HELD UNDER STRICT EMBARGO AND NOT TO BE RELEASED UNTIL AFTER 0001 GMT ON JANUARY 27, 2013 (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    Previously unissued picture dated 31/10/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, at a mission briefing in the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    Previously unissued picture dated 31/10/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, at a mission briefing in the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    Previously unissued picture dated 31/10/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, sitting in his cockpit as he prepares for a mission, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    Previously unissued picture dated 31/10/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, at a mission briefing in the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    Previously unissued picture dated 31/10/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, sitting in his cockpit as he prepares for a mission, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    SOME PARTS OF THIS PICTURE HAVE BEEN DIGITALLY CHANGED FOR SECURITY REASONS. Previously unissued picture dated 12/12/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, making his early morning pre-flight checks on the flight-line, at Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    Previously unissued picture dated 03/11/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, drawing the shift brew person (who makes the tea all day) during his 12 hour VHR (very high ready-ness) shift, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    Previously unissued picture dated 31/10/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, sitting in his cockpit as he prepares for a mission, at the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    Previously unissued picture dated 01/11/2012 of Prince Harry or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, at a mission briefing in the British controlled flight-line in Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan, where he is serving as an Apache Helicopter Pilot/Gunner with 662 Sqd Army Air Corps, from September 2012 for four months until January 2013.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan pictures by PA

    Working in Afghanistan was "as normal as it's going to get" for Prince Harry. Away from camera lenses, media speculation and royal engagements, he could get on with his day job in relative anonymity. Within his unit he was just "one of the guys" - Harry to his friends and superiors, Captain Wales to everybody else. "It's completely normal," he said while on duty at the Apache flight line in Camp Bastion. The royal lived in a shared room in an accommodation block made of modified shipping containers with another attack helicopter pilot and had the freedom to walk around the base, to visit the gym, eat in the canteen and drop off his laundry.