Prince Harry ends decade of army service; targets poachers

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Prince Harry Leaves British Army After 10 Years
LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry has formally ended his full-time military service in Britain's army, wrapping up a career in which he qualified as an Apache helicopter pilot and completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

The announcement that Friday was Harry's final day was widely anticipated. The fifth in line to the throne had revealed in March that he intended to end his service to take a more vigorous role in his charitable endeavors.

Kensington Palace says the prince will work with experts in wildlife protection in Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Botswana, sometimes helping rangers respond to reports of poaching attacks on elephants and rhinos.

The 30-year-old will work with the Zoological Society of London, which hopes Harry will become one of the "best-informed ambassadors for the conservation community."

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Prince Harry ends decade of army service; targets poachers
STEWART ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 11: Prince Harry answers questions from pupils at Halfmoon Bay School in Oban as he leaves on May 11, 2015 in Stewart Island, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
OBAN, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 10: Prince Harry laughs as he attempts to open a Bluff oyster at the Stewart Island Community Centre as part of his first visit to New Zealand on May 10, 2015 in Oban, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland. (Photo by Dianne Manson - Pool/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 09: Prince Harry meets members of the Public outside the National War Memorial on May 9, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. Prince Harry is in New Zealand from May 9 through to May 16 attending events in Wellington, Invercargill, Stewart Island, Christchurch, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Prince Harry gets kissed by Royal Fan Victoria McRae during a walkabout outside the Sydney Opera House on May 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Prince Harry is visiting Sydney following a month-long deployment with the Australian Army. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
File photo dated 28/02/08 of Prince Harry on patrol through the deserted town of Garmisir close to FOB Delhi (forward operating base) in Helmand province, Afghanistan, as the Prince has spoken of how leaving the Armed Forces has been a "really tough decision" but that he is looking forward to the new chapter in his life. (John Stillwell/PA)
Prince Harry speaks with armed forces personnel during a reception at Guildhall, London, after a commemoration service to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan at St Paul's Cathedral. (Toby Melville/PA)
File photo dated 03/11/12 of Prince Harry, who is expected to leave the army this year, it emerged today. (John Stillwell/PA Wire)
Britain's Prince Harry, center, stands with Prince William, left, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive to attend the Service of Commemoration – Afghanistan, at St Paul's Cathedral in London, Friday, March 13, 2015. The Queen and Britain's prime minister are joining veterans in a service to commemorate the end of Britain's combat operations in Afghanistan. Prince William, his pregnant wife Kate, and Prince Harry — who served two tours during the conflict — will also attend the ceremony to remember the war dead. Almost 150,000 Britons served in the conflict, and 453 died. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)
Prince Harry and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a Service of Commemoration to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan at St Paul's Cathedral on March 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince Harry is presented with a sword and shield as he meets traditional Omani Dancers during a visit to Nizra Fort on November 19, 2014 in Muscat, Oman. Prince Harry is on a three day visit to Oman before heading to Abu Dhabi to compete in a charity polo match for his charity Sentebale. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry visits the Old Muttrah Souk on November 19, 2014 in Muscat, Oman. Prince Harry is on a three day visit to Oman before heading to Abu Dhabi to compete in a charity polo match for his charity Sentebale. (Photo by Darren Fletcher - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry attends the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala Dinner in aid of WellChild at Royal Hospital Chelsea on October 16, 2014 in London, England. Prince Harry is patron of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Philanthropic Initiatives. (Photo by Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry speaks at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala Dinner in aid of WellChild at Royal Hospital Chelsea on October 16, 2014 in London, England. Prince Harry is patron of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Philanthropic Initiatives. (Photo by Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry attends the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala Dinner in aid of WellChild at Royal Hospital Chelsea on October 16, 2014 in London, England. Prince Harry is patron of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Philanthropic Initiatives. (Photo by Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry attends a photocall ahead of the Invictus Games at Potters Field Park on August 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage via Getty)
Prince Harry attends a photocall ahead of the Invictus Games at Potters Field Park on August 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit The Tower Of London's Ceramic Poppy installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cummins, commemortating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of First World War on August 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage via Getty)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry walk through a poppy field art installation entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cummins, in the moat of the Tower of London, to commemorate the First World War on August 5, 2014 in London, England. By it's completion on Armistice Day 2014 the moat will contain 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British and Colonial fatality during World War One. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry takes a photograph with a mobile phone before the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the race, Finland's Valtteri Bottas of Williams finished second and Australia's Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull finished third.(AP Photo/Jon Super)
Kate Duchess of Cambridge talks to Prince Harry who points to a large video screen watch the early rounds of the men's and women's gymnastic competitions at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday, July, 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Britain's Kate Duchess of Cambridge, right, and Prince William, center, and Prince Harry, left, watch the women's field hockey match between Wales and Scotland, during the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, at the National Hockey Centre, in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/ Scott Heppell)
Britain's Prince Harry and Prince William play 5 a side football game during a visit to a Coach Core project at Gorbals Leisure Centre in Glasgow Scotland Tuesday July 29, 2014. Coach Core was launched by Prince William. Kate Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in July 2012 and aims to give young people the opportunity to gain work experience and comprehensive training in community sports coaching.(AP Photo/ Jamie Simpson/Pool)
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, centre, and Prince Harry, right, watch for riders approaching the finish line of Stage 1 of the Tour De France Saturday, July 5, 2014 in Harrogate, England. The world's greatest cycle race, the Tour de France started for the first time in its history in Yorkshire this weekend. The event is expected to bring thousands of cycling fans to the region. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry poses for pictures as he visits families living in temporary housing in the El Vergel slum after they lost their homes to an April forest fire in Valparaiso, Chile, Saturday, June 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Eliseo Fernandez, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry plays a Formula One simulator game at the Ayrton Senna Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Prince Harry is on a four-day official visit to Brazil which is hosting the World Cup. (AP Photo/Miguel Schincariol, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry is given a replica of a helmet worn by the late Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, by Ayrton's sister, Viviane Senna, left, at the Ayrton Senna Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Prince Harry is on a four-day official visit to Brazil which is hosting the World Cup. (AP Photo/Miguel Schincariol, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry visits the Foundation Amigos de Jesus in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, June 29, 2014. The foundation helps children with special needs. (AP Photo/Claudio Reyes, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry places a medal on a young swimmer after an exhibition swim during his visit to the Minas Tenis Club where England's Olympic team will practice during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Prince Harry is in Brazil for the World Cup. (AP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes)
Britain's Prince Harry prepares to stop a penalty, during a short soccer kick about at the Inspire Suffolk centre for young people in Ipswich, eastern England, Thursday May 29, 2014. The prince began his day at the youth organisation which uses education and sport to improve young people's lives. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry, centre, talks to Prince Philip, left, as Kate, right, Duchess of Cambridge, looks on, as members of the Royal family appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping The Colour parade, in central London, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Hundreds of soldiers in ceremonial dress have marched in London in the annual "Trooping the Colour" parade to mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. "Trooping the Colour" originated from traditional preparations for battle, when flags were carried or "trooped" down the rank for soldiers to see. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Britain's Prince Harry, foreground with Prince Andrew arrive by carriage on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting, in Ascot, England, Tuesday, June, 17, 2014. Royal Ascot is the annual five day horse race meeting that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends every day of the event. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Britain's Prince Harry receives a hongi, a traditional Maori welcome, by Royal New Zealand Air Force sergeant Wai Paenga, as he arrives at the New Zealand War Cemetery on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the WWII's Monte Cassino battle, in Monte Cassino, Italy, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry visits the Cassino's Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at the end of a ceremony on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the WWII's Monte Cassino battle, Italy, Monday, May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Ciro Fusco, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry meets with British soldiers taking part in NATO's Spring Storm exercise in Otepaa, Estonia, Saturday, May 17, 2014. On Saturday, Prince Harry observed NATO's Spring Storm exercise and meet military leaders and Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves before traveling to Italy. (AP Photo/Liis Treimann)
Britain's Prince Harry delivers a speech, at the Sentebale Summer Party, in London, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The prince attended the awards with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to mark the tenth anniversary of the setting up of the charity' Sentebale', to help the vulnerable and disadvantaged children of Lesotho. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry, reacts with an unidentified man, during his visit to the Goodwood Motor Circuit, in Chichester, England, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. The prince attended a track day for the Royal Foundation Endeavour Fund, and joined injured services personnel to drive classic cars. (AP Photo/ Stefan Rousseau, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry arrives to attend a Christmas Day Service with other members of the royal family at St. Mary's church on the grounds of Sandringham Estate, the Queen's royal estate in Norfolk, England, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Prince Harry, left, speaks to a woman in the crowd during the International Fleet Review in Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. Harry, fourth in line to the British throne, is in Australia's largest city for just one day as part of a quick trip Down Under. (AP Photo/Dan Himbrechts, Pool)
Britain's Prince Harry smiles as he chats with British armed service veterans at the Field of Remembrance in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in central London, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. The prince joined his grandfather Prince Philip in a ceremony to remember the fallen in conflicts around the world. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Britain's Prince Harry smiles while onboard the HMAS Leeuwin as the ship participates in the 2013 International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. The prince glided through Sydney's sun-dappled harbor aboard the navy ship on Saturday, as thousands of people crowded the shoreline to catch a glimpse of royalty and celebrate the centenary of the fledgling Australian navy fleet's first arrival to the famed waterway. (AP Photo/Ryan Pierse, Pool)
Prince Harry (wearing white) falls off his horse during a fundraising polo match in aid of his charity Sentebale at the Val de Vie Estate in South Africa.
Prince Harry hugs Afghanistan veteran Kirstie Ennis, 24, as he welcomes six ex-servicemen and women who have travelled the length and breadth of Britain over 72 days since starting the arduous journey in Moray, Scotland, in August, as part of Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) Walk of Britain, as they reach the finishing line at Buckingham Palace in central London.
Prince Harry hugs Afghanistan veteran Kirstie Ennis, 24, as he welcomes six ex-servicemen and women who have travelled the length and breadth of Britain over 72 days since starting the arduous journey in Moray, Scotland, in August, as part of Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) Walk of Britain, as they reach the finishing line at Buckingham Palace in central London.
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