Prince Harry, the Regular Top Gun, Flies In

Watch out California ladies, the Ginger Prince is here.

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Harry arrives for duty.

He's arrived: Prince Harry, third in line to the British throne, most eligible bachelor in the world, has touched down. For the next few weeks, El Centro in the Californian desert will be home to Harry.

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.

prince-harry1.jpgHe 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'”.

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Margaret Holder has been writing about the Royal Family in newspapers and magazines for thirty years. She also broadcasts frequently on the BBC, both radio and television. She reckons she has now written more royal documentaries than anyone else in the world. Some are still being shown on channels in…

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