Prince Harry ends monthlong embedment with Australian army

A Cheeky Kiss for Prince Harry


SYDNEY (AP) - Hundreds of cheering Australians crowded around Sydney's Opera House on Thursday to bid adieu to Britain's Prince Harry as he wrapped up a month-long embedment with the Australian army.

The prince, whose decade-long military career will end next month, took part in a military exercise on Sydney Harbor before chatting with dozens of giggling primary school students on the Opera House's steps. He later signed autographs, snapped photos and shook hands with hordes of royal enthusiasts, several of whom handed him stuffed toy koalas and held up signs blaring "Marry Me Harry" and "His Royal Hotness!" One crown-wearing woman, among those pleading for a proposal, managed to land a kiss on the laughing prince's cheek.

Harry, who was twice deployed to Afghanistan, is now fifth in line to the throne after the birth last week of his niece, Princess Charlotte. Asked if he was planning to bring the new princess any souvenirs from Australia, Harry said he had plenty of cuddly toys given to him by his fans.

"I'm looking forward to meeting her - she's beautiful," he said.

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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)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Prince Harry meets members of the public 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)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Prince Harry and Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird walk on the Sydney Opera House steps on May 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Prince Harry is visiting Sydney following a month-long deployment with the Australian Army. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Prince Harry meets members of the public 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)
Members of the public raise placards as Britain's Prince Harry (not pictured) arrives at the Sydney Opera House during a visit to Sydney on May 7, 2015. Thousands of wellwishers on May 7 made the most of their chance to see Prince Harry during a meet-and-greet near Sydney's Opera House. AFP PHOTO / Saeed Khan (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Prince Harry meets Daphne Dunne (wearing her husbands Victoria Cross) 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)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Crowd gather to wait to see Prince Harry at 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 Dean Lewins - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry looks on after arriving with officials at the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (R) and Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin (L) smile after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry stands outside Duntroon House after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (L) meets Brigadier Dianne Gallasch, Commandant RMC (C-R) and other senior personel after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry and Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin (2nd-L) meet senior personel after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: (L-R) Prince Harry and Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin pose for a photo outside Duntroon House after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry and Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin (L) meet senior personel after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: (L-R) Prince Harry and Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin pose for a photo outside Duntroon House after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (R) and Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin salute each other after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (L) meets Brigadier Dianne Gallasch, Commandant RMC (C-R) and other senior personnel after arriving at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in Canberra on April 6, 2015. Captain Wales, as he is known in the British Army begins a month-long attachment with the Australian Army, spending time on bush patrols, working with an indigenous regiment and possibly flying helicopters after already announcing that he will leave the British military in June after his Australian swansong. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry walks along the Roll of Honour with officials during a visit to the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (R) is presented with a gift from Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, during a visit to the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (3rd L) stands with (L-R) Brigadier Dianne Gallasch, Commandant RMC, Warrant Officer David Ashley RSM-A, Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Major General Jeffrey Sengleman, Lieutenant General David Morrison, Chief of Army outside Duntroon House after arriving at Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (3rd L) stands with (L-R) Brigadier Dianne Gallasch, Commandant RMC, Warrant Officer David Ashley RSM-A, Australian Defence Force chief Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Major General Jeffrey Sengleman, Lieutenant General David Morrison, Chief of Army outside Duntroon House after arriving at Royal Military College, Duntroon on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Peter Parks - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry salutes after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry (R) is presented with a gift from Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, during a visit to the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry walks along the Roll of Honour with officials during a visit to the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by David Gray - Pool/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry walks out of the Australian War Memorial to greet members of the public on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry receives gifts from Dr Brendan Nelson (Director of the Australian War Memorial) at the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry walks out of the Australian War Memorial to greet members of the public on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry greets members of the public outside the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry walks out of the Australian War Memorial to greet members of the public on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Martin Ollman/Getty Images)
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: Prince Harry walks along the Roll of Honour during a visit to the Australian War Memorial on April 6, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, will end his military career with a month long secondment to the Australian Defence Force in barracks in Sydney, Perth and Darwin. (Photo by Lukas Coch - Pool/Getty Images)
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Captain Harry Wales, as he is known in the British Army, spent four weeks embedded with a number of Australian army units and regiments in Darwin, Perth and Sydney. He took part in flight simulation training, learned wilderness survival techniques, visited an Aboriginal community and played a game of wheelchair Aussie-rules football with wounded soldiers.

"All it's done is made me not want to finish my military career," he said. "I've been so well looked after."

Harry also visited a British officer who lost both legs while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011. Lt. Ali Spearing traveled from the United Kingdom to Sydney where doctors used a new procedure to fit him with prosthetic legs.

The prince will next head to New Zealand for a week-long visit before returning to Britain.

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