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Prince Harry has arrived back home to Britain on Wednesday afternoon following his 20-week tour in Afghanistan.
As a member of the British Army, the 28-year-old is a gunner in Apache helicopters.
The prince touched down at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire shortly after 4:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday along his way back home to London, reported People magazine.
Just before his return, Harry hosted members of the media at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, hinting at how he might spend his time at home.
During the interviews, the royal divulged that he was "longing to see my brother and sister-in-law" upon returning home, referring to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
As Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge announced in December that she was expecting, Prince Harry also offered his comments on becoming an uncle this summer.
"Obviously I'm thrilled for both of them," said the Prince. "It's about time," he added, before noting that William and Kate were forced to reveal the pregnancy due to the Duchess' rare condition- hyperemesis gravidarum, or acute morning sickness.
"I spoke to my brother and her, and they're both very well and both very happy obviously," Harry continued. "I think it's very unfair that they were forced to publicize it when they were, but that's just the media for you."
Harry was interviewed 10 days after the pregnancy was announced to the public, but his words had to be kept private while he served abroad, People magazine reported. The prince was named as a target of the Taliban and was a great risk, as was his entire unit, but he public is learning more about the royal now that he is out of danger.
"I literally am very, very happy for them," Harry said, according to BBC. "But I just only hope that she and him- but mainly Catherine- hopefully that she gets the necessary protection to allow her as a mother-to-be to enjoy the privacy that that comes with. I seriously hope that's going to be able to happen."
The second son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles is no stranger to the negative effects of intense media scrutiny. His mother, the late Princess Diana, was the subject of intense media following, and both Harry and his brother William have expressed desires to lead more private lives.
Meanwhile, Harry also revealed that he plans to focus "on more royal stuff" and intends to "pay more attention to the charities" during his time off, reported People magazine.