Media keeps Prince Harry’s deployment under wraps

By Max Foster (CNN)-In Afghanistan, they call him Captain Wales.

Back home, it's Prince Harry.

His latest 19-week deployment as a gunner in an Apache attack helicopter just ended. But
as Max Foster reports, because of a deal the British Minister of
Defense struck with the media, no one talked about the royal's time in
Afghanistan.

They call this VHR…very high readiness.

It might look like downtime but the call to fly can come at any time. It happened once in the middle of an interview. “It wasn't done in the wrong way but it was just … (runs off).”

It
wasn't just being able to do his job that made Harry value his
deployment to Afghanistan so highly. It was the simplicity of his life
out here.

“Prince Harry stayed in these simple containers when he
was here in Camp Bastion. It is a far cry from the palaces he grew up
in.”

And when he was working overnights, things were even more basic.

“This
is my bed. I don't really make it when I'm down here which is a job.
That's it. Made. A paradigm phone. So this is as much privacy as one
would get.”

It was while he was out here that Harry received news that his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, was expecting a baby.

“I
can't wait to be an uncle. I think it's very unfair that they were both
forced to publicize it when they were, but that's just the media for
you. But I just only hope that she gets the necessary protection to
allow her as a mother-to-be to enjoy the privacy that comes with.”

“It's too much light there, that's the thing.”

Harry's own privacy is clearly a concern for the prince as well; and he made little attempt to hide it. “I
never wanted you guys to be out here, but there was an agreement made
to invite you out on the deal that the media didn't speculate before my
deployment. That's the only reason you guys are out here.”

Back home the media glare will inevitably be brighter. And the pressure back on…to find a partner.

“If
you find the right person and everything feels right, then it takes
time, especially for myself and my brother. You ain't ever going to find
someone who's going to jump into the position that it would hold.
Simple as that.”

Perhaps Harry's main interest himself will be getting back out to the Frontline as soon as he can.