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'Business as usual' for Prince Harry as he resumes his royal duties at the Paralympics

28 AUGUST 2012

Prince Harry will return to "business as usual," taking up his royal duties at the Paralympic Games as he attempts to put the media attention on his trip to Las Vegas behind him.

As an ambassador for Paralympics GB, Harry will attend numerous sporting events before turning his attention back to his job as an Army helicopter pilot.

 

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A royal source has said that the controversial photographs which emerged from his Las Vegas holiday have prompted no changes to Harry’s schedule and that "It is just business as usual. There are no changes to his programme at all."

On Tuesday St James’s Palace will confirm which events Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will attend.

A palace spokesman said: "He will be watching the events, meeting the athletes and their families, and celebrating Team GB’s success."

"Then his focus remains on training ahead of the possibility of deploying to Afghanistan later this year."

The 27-year-old Prince was seen on Monday night in his ITV show Harry’s Mountain Heroes, a documentary which followed the lives of five servicemen, wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, attempting to reach the summit of Mount Everest with the Prince's support.

 

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In the programme, the young royal commented: "I feel as though I’m just one of the guys regardless of whether I work for my grandmother."

"I feel as though I have a bit of a connection with these guys, whether it’s because of the fact that I'm in the military as well or the fact that I know their stories and I've spent time with them," he added.

On Friday the Prince issued a message of encouragement for competing Paralympians via the royal family's official YouTube site.

 




Harry referred to the historic overnight torch relay which will begin on Tuesday in Stoke Mandeville and end in the lighting of the cauldron at the Olympic park in London.

In the video the young royal also poignantly mentioned that during the Games the focus was very much on "ability not disability."

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