Prince Harry quits flying Apaches for a desk job

Jan 17, 2014 at 2:13 p.m. ET

Prince Harry is taking on a new role — and although it's still with the Army, it has much deeper royal ties than his official career has ever held before.

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It seemed to be his dream job, but Prince Harry is moving on to more pedestrian duties. Our favorite ginger has quit his post as an Apache helicopter pilot in favor of a desk job organizing ceremonial events.

That's right: Prince Harry quit combat for party planning.

While he will still be in the Army, his role is changing dramatically and his new responsibilities will allow him to take on more royal duties on behalf of Queen Elizabeth and spend more time with girlfriend Cressida Bonas.

Kensington Palace confirmed the news in a statement.

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"Prince Harry has completed his attachment to 3 Regiment Army Air Corps and will now take up a Staff Officer role in HQ London District. The prince will take the position of SO3 (Defense Engagement). His responsibilities will include helping to co-ordinate significant projects and commemorative events involving the Army in London. Prince Harry will retain the rank of Captain and be based from Horse Guards, in Central London."

Translation: A freshly-shaved Harry will be helping to plan those awesome events where everyone is riding horses and wearing their fancy uniforms, like Trouping the Color.

The prince, who spent three and a half years training and flying with the Apache Force (including a stint in the U.S.), has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan but is said to be eager to bring the Warrior Games to the U.K. after he met some team members during a 2012 visit to the U.S.

"A year ago I was in Washington on the Ambassador’s lawn to plant a tree, which is what most of our family do nowadays, but after doing that I had the chance to meet some of the U.S. and U.K. teams," he said later at the opening ceremony for the games in Colorado Springs.

"I remembered thinking to myself how unfortunate I had been by not having the chance to go to last year’s Warrior Games to see them win all their medals — despite of the fact we weren't officially part of it," adding that he told St. James's Palace that "no matter what happens we need to be here, we need to get ourselves involved in the next one — and here we are.

"I only hope in the future — the near future — we can bring the Warrior Games to Britain and continue to enlarge this fantastic cause."

An aide confirmed to the Daily Mail, "I think we can expect an announcement in the next four weeks or so. The prince has spoken with passion about his enthusiasm for the Warrior Games and would be heavily involved in their planning."

You know who else is great at party planning? Pippa Middleton. We're just sayin'.

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