Harry arrives for duty.
It just happens to be where the 80s action movie Top Gun was filmed. Harry will learn to fly tactically during the day, and night and he will fire Apache 'hellfire' missiles, rockets and 30mm cannon on the huge military ranges in California and nearby Arizona.
He doesn't want any fuss and would be furious if anyone on base gave him special treatment. As it happens, a friend of a friend knows one of the injured serviceman who was with Harry on the North Pole trek in early April. I can guarantee that Harry was terrific on this gruelling expedition and wanted, in his own words, to be 'just one of the lads'. He will be just the same in El Centro. He won't get the movie star treatment awarded to Tom Cruise!
William too has behaved well in his training and in his current role as a search and rescue pilot, sharing duties like any other colleague at RAF Valley.
The brothers' good reputation contrasts with a well-known tale about their uncle the Duke of York. When Andrew in his late teens joined his first ship and was introduced to the Captain he said : “Hi,I'm Prince Andrew, but you can call me Andrew”. The captain replied: ”And you can call me 'Sir'”.