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Although he's always been keen to share his unit's posting, the Prince - who is trained to lead a reconnaissance team - seems to have come to terms with the implications of his presence for his fellow soldiers in a war situation
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Harry ready to accept Army retreat on Iraq posting

27 APRIL 2007

As Army chiefs review the decision to send Prince Harry to the front line, the royal soldier has said he'll give up his dream of serving in Iraq if ordered to do so by top brass. The Prince has made no secret of his desire to see active duty after a challenging year of training at Sandhurst, but now says concern for the men under his command means he will accept the Army's ruling, even if it goes against his wishes.

General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the Army, has around a week to come up with his final assessment as to whether the deployment of the Prince poses an added threat to British soldiers. The review was ordered after an increase in attacks on British troops this year.

Meanwhile royal sources dismissed claims that Harry would walk away from his job if he was barred from the posting. "Prince Harry is a grown-up and he'll take whatever the decision is - he wants to go to Iraq, but to say he would quit the Army if he didn't is way too strong."

Sandhurst graduate Harry is trained to lead a team of four reconnaissance vehicles with his unit, A Squadron The Blues and Royals - part of the Household Cavalry - which heads for the Middle East next week.

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