Prince Harry will join the nation's army of job hunters after he quits the Armed Forces in June, Kensington Palace confirmed tonight.
The fourth in line to the throne will spend the summer working alongside conservation groups in Africa, after which he will undertake voluntary work with injured servicemen while 'actively considering other longer term employment opportunities'.
In a statement Harry, 30, who has served in the military for ten years and seen two tours of duty in Afghanistan, admitted that it had been a 'tough decision' to leave the job he loved.
But sources close to the prince said he had reached a 'natural crossroads' in his career and, after much soul-searching, had decided he had no desire to 'progress through the ranks'.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: 'Prince Harry is to leave the Armed Forces in June after ten years of full-time military service.
'The Prince has had a fulfilling military career and considers it a huge honour to have served his country in the Armed Forces, during which time he has undertaken two operational tours of duty in Afghanistan, qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander and spearheaded the Invictus Games.'
“王子已经完成了令人满意的军队事业，他认为有幸在军队里服务祖国是至高荣耀。在此期间，他两次在阿富汗驻防，是一名合格的阿帕奇飞机指挥官（Apache Aircraft Commander），创办了‘不可征服的运动会’。“
Some senior royal commentators have already questioned the wisdom of Harry leaving the forces – which have given the once wayward prince so much direction in his life – at the age of just 30.
Many believe Prince Andrew's decision to leave the Royal Navy in 2001 - where he had enjoyed a distinguished career, including a spell in the Falklands - signalled the beginning of the many problems that have dogged him in recent years.