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JessRulz 03-19-2015 10:22 PM

Prince Harry Current Events 28: April 2015 - June 2017
 

Welcome to Prince Harry's
Current Events, Part 28

Commencing April 1, 2015

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JessRulz 04-02-2015 02:14 AM

Britain's Prince Harry to start Australian army stint - CNN.com
Prince Harry's Australian visit: what 'Captain Wales' will do on his military secondment

Official Press Release from the Australian Defence Force

Prince Harry will be arriving in Australia on Monday to begin his four week stint with the Australian Army.

On Monday April 6, Harry will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and tour the World War I and Afghanistan galleries at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, will accompany him.

He will be spending time with regiments in Sydney, Darwin and Perth, according to the ADF.

Curryong 04-02-2015 03:22 AM

It's good that Prince Harry will be spreading himself around. People in Sydney, Perth, Darwin and Canberra will have a chance to see him.

Duke of Marmalade 04-02-2015 03:33 AM

Sorry but what is the point of all this? Keeping Harry occupied to prevent him from becoming Airmiles Andy 2?
To me it seems that he had to leave the army or left the army for whatever reasons at short notice and now they have no idea what to do with him.
Harry is an army man, he needs a firm structure. I am not sure having him tour the world as the 'people's prince' will end well.

Iluvbertie 04-02-2015 04:50 AM

Given that he is training with the SAS the only places Aussies will really get a chance to see him are when he goes to pubs etc. He is only doing one official engagement - laying a wreath on Monday with the GG and maybe the PM at the War Memorial but after that he is with the army, especially the SAS.

AdmirerUS 04-02-2015 07:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade (Post 1764267)
Sorry but what is the point of all this? Keeping Harry occupied to prevent him from becoming Airmiles Andy 2?
To me it seems that he had to leave the army or left the army for whatever reasons at short notice and now they have no idea what to do with him.
Harry is an army man, he needs a firm structure. I am not sure having him tour the world as the 'people's prince' will end well.

Good question - and who does know for sure? Harry and part of the military.
My internal speculation was that once decided, Harry and the military decided to stave off short timer's disease. I have always thought both William and Harry enjoyed the atmosphere of Australia, and that's a compliment to Australians. Huge, diverse, scenic, open minded, active, sporty, humorous these are Australian traits that are an easy fit for Harry.
It also gets him away from the press and from any temptations he might face at the end of a service period that can get a little boring as one is fazed out. JMO.

Jacknch 04-02-2015 08:29 AM

Here is a link to a BBC News article concerning Harry's stint in Australia:

Prince Harry to start stint with Australian Army - BBC News

Skippyboo 04-02-2015 08:58 AM

I wonder if ADF requested Harry to come or the other way around. A regular officer leaving the army wouldn't be sent to train with a foreign military in his/her last weeks.


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Rudolph 04-02-2015 09:02 AM

Harry isn't a regular officer though lol. I think this is just to give him something to do before he travels to New Zealand

Skippyboo 04-02-2015 09:36 AM

Wasn't there something about planning ceremonial events in the London district mentioned as his job ? There is a pretty big one in June that takes multiple dress rehearsals. Couldn't he help with that?


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Rudolph 04-02-2015 09:41 AM

Helping organise ceremonial events with the Army in London was just an excuse to give him a no show desk job imo.

There is no evidence Harry helped organise Trooping the Colour or any other event pertaining to the Army while assigned to Whitehall.

An article from last year stated Harry was 'hardly ever there' in regards to his desk job.

Iluvbertie 04-02-2015 06:26 PM

He was involved in organising the Invictus Games while he was posted to Whitehall - new event on the calendar compared to reviewing plans that really don't change from year to year like Trooping. We also don't know what he did there as there weren't press covering his movements to and from Whitehall and actually sitting at the desk looking at what he was doing.


Why he is coming to Australia and costing us $150,000 is anyone's guess but from reading what Harry himself said '... ADF have arranged for me' suggests that this is his idea and nothing to do with his actual service.


It is a waste of money and is simply a paid holiday to Australia for Harry although he will have to actually turn up to some military stuff while here.

Rudolph 04-02-2015 06:36 PM

The Invictus/Warrior Games isn't the reason he took the job at Whitehall.

Prince Harry swaps helicopter role for Army desk job - Telegraph
Quote:

Prince Harry is take up a new military role organising major commemorative events after he completed his attachment to the Army Air Corps.

The Prince, 29, will swap flying Apache helicopters for a desk-bound Staff Officer role in HQ London District, based in Horse Guards. His responsibilities will include organising Trooping the Colour, the annual celebration of the Queen's birthday, and First World War commemorative events.
Quote:

Kensington Palace said his responsibilities "will include helping to co-ordinate significant projects and commemorative events involving the Army in London".
Quote:

A feasibility study on bringing the Games to London has been commissioned by the Ministry of Defence and the Prince's charity, the Royal Foundation, with a view to hosting the event later this year. A final recommendation will be made at the end of January.

Royal sources said the Prince had not taken on the new role solely because of his enthusiasm for the Warrior Games.
Quote:

"If the Warrior Games does come to London that would be a special project that would involve the Army, so the Prince would be involved in that. But his responsibility would be in line with his rank as a captain, so he would not be in charge of the whole thing."
I have no problem giving Harry some credit for the Invictus Games but the games weren't the reason the palace said he took up the desk job.

That is revisionist history

Skippyboo 04-02-2015 06:59 PM

It seems like what KP said he was going to do what he ended up doing are different things.


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Dman 04-02-2015 07:29 PM

I think Harry was involved in arranging ceremonial events last year, including Trooping of the Colour.

Rudolph 04-02-2015 07:33 PM

^^^ I think if did it would have been commented on especially given the fact he participated in Trooping the Colour.

It would have been great publicity for both the Army and Prince Harry but there was no word

Curryong 04-02-2015 07:37 PM

The Invictus Games might not have been the sole reason he took on the desk job in Whitehall, but it's clear he took a huge part in organising it, and a very good job he did too.

I believe he left the army because he didn't want to be desk-bound, filling out reports, taking further exams etc (admin work not being his thing) and so he left. How many thirty somethings leave their jobs and go and do something else if they don't think it's working out. People are constantly going off in a new direction career-wise nowadays.

Sun Lion 04-02-2015 10:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Curryong (Post 1764266)
It's good that Prince Harry will be spreading himself around. People in Sydney, Perth, Darwin and Canberra will have a chance to see him.


Channel Seven in Sydney started advertising early this morning - before 6.00am Good Friday - that they will "be with Prince Harry" and will let us know "what he's doing and where he's heading" when he arrives in Oz on Easter Monday.

They are calling it a "special event", and will be broadcasting the action "as it happens" throughout the day.

Duke of Marmalade 04-03-2015 03:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Curryong (Post 1764449)
I believe he left the army because he didn't want to be desk-bound, filling out reports, taking further exams etc (admin work not being his thing) and so he left. How many thirty somethings leave their jobs and go and do something else if they don't think it's working out. People are constantly going off in a new direction career-wise nowadays.

Unfortunately Harry is not the average Thirty someting who wants to go something else and just does it. There doesn't seem to be a strategy, neither KP nor Harry seem to know what he wants to do in the end and just go from event to event. This 'touring abroad' costs a lot of money without a real purpose. If tax payers' money is involved, there has to be a real benefit (eg Africa). Otherwise he needs to find something useful to do in the UK.

muriel 04-03-2015 04:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade (Post 1764508)
Unfortunately Harry is not the average Thirty someting who wants to go something else and just does it. There doesn't seem to be a strategy, neither KP nor Harry seem to know what he wants to do in the end and just go from event to event. This 'touring abroad' costs a lot of money without a real purpose. If tax payers' money is involved, there has to be a real benefit (eg Africa). Otherwise he needs to find something useful to do in the UK.

I am reasonably sure there is a plan, it has just not been communicated just yet. IMO, the Army was important to Harry, and for him to agree to leave it, he must have something substantial lined up.


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