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A look at Prince Harry's deployment

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By Max Foster

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan (CNN) - In Afghanistan, they call him Captain Wales. Back home, it's Prince Harry.

His latest 19 week deployment as a gunner in an Apache attack helicopter just ended.

Because of a deal the British Minister of Defense struck with the media, no one has talked about the royal's time in Afghanistan.

They call this VHR, Very High Readiness. It might look like downtime, but the call to fly can come at any time. It happened once in the middle of an interview.

It wasn't just being able to do his job that made Harry value his deployment to Afghanistan so highly. It was the simplicity of his life out here.

Prince Harry stayed in simple containers when he was in Camp Bastion. It is a far cry from the palaces he grew up in. And when he was working overnights, things were even more basic.

"This is my bed. I don't really make it when I'm down here which is a job. That's it. Made. A paradigm phone. So this is as much privacy as one would get," said Prince Harry.

It was while he was out here that Harry received news that his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, was expecting a baby.

"I can't wait to be an uncle. I think it's very unfair that they were both forced to publicize it when they were, but that's just the media for you. But I just only hope that she gets the necessary protection to allow her as a mother-to-be to enjoy the privacy that that comes with," he said.

Harry's own privacy is clearly a concern for the prince as well; and he made little attempt to hide it.

"I never wanted you guys to be out here, but there was an agreement made to invite you out on the deal that the media didn't speculate before my deployment. That's the only reason you guys are out here," said Prince Harry,

Back home, the media glare will inevitably be brighter, and the pressure back on to find a partner.

"If you find the right person and everything feels right, then it takes time, especially for myself and my brother. You ain't ever going to find someone who's going to jump into the position that it would hold. Simple as that," he said.

Perhaps Harry's main interest himself will be getting back out to the frontline as soon as he can.


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