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)
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)
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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