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Second gap year confirmed for Harry

March 16, 2004
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Prince Harry, who is currently working on community projects in Africa, will have a second gap year before he starts his military training. Clarence House has confirmed that the young royal will enjoy an extra 12 months of character-forming activities before he enters Sandhurst.

Given that most first year recruits are university graduates, the Prince of Wales feels that his son would find it easier to integrate if he waits until he is slightly older.

"There are plans for Harry to extend his gap period into next year," revealed Charles' new communications secretary Paddy Harveson. "That means that when he enters Sandhurst he will be of a more similar age to the rest of the intake."

It remains to be seen what the teenager will do during the extra year, but it has been suggested he might spend some time in Argentina. Royal sources have also rejected press reports that the prince has become something of a playboy. "Gap years are not just about work, they are also about having fun," said one aide. "Harry is a typical late teenager who enjoys going out and enjoys going to clubs."

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The young royal is currently in Lesotho helping out on community projects. It is expected that he will offer his support to other similar schemes in the months aheadPhoto: © AFP
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In 2005 he will begin training at Sandhurst Military Academy. The teenager has already made his mark as a cadet at Eton (above)

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