The army captain prince is set to start a four-week secondment with the Australian military and then head to New Zealand
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Prince Harry might not meet his new royal niece or nephew until the baby is a few weeks old.
Harry, 30, is set to be thousands of miles away on secondment to the Australian military around the time the baby is due. He will spend about four weeks with the Australian military beginning on Monday.
The prince is heading to Turkey to join up with his father Prince Charles to take part in Gallipoli commemorations with other Australian and New Zealand veterans on April 25. He might head back to the U.K. for another royal duty around that time. But he can’t be certain of seeing William and Kate‘s second baby, which is due around that time.
If the baby is a little late arriving, Harry won’t be able to stay, royal insiders suggest.
When Prince George was born, Harry caught up with his nephew at Kensington Palace in the first days after he was home from the hospital.
The upcoming stunt with the Australian military will be Harry’s last hurrah as a soldier, as he recently said he is leaving the army in June after a 10-year career.
Captain Harry Wales, as he is known in the military, “is tremendously looking forward” to starting his posting in Australia, his spokesman said in a statement.
He served alongside Australians on his two tours in Afghanistan and met them during the Paralympic-style Invictus Games that he organized. Also, the spokesman pointed out, he “even trekked to the South Pole with a couple of Australian soldiers.”
Those experiences have “stoked his enthusiasm even more to build on those relationships in the next four weeks,” the spokesman said.
Harry, who wants to wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women outside of the military after he leaves in the summer, also hopes to see how they are “supported here in Australia and hopes to pass on some of his experience from his current role in the U.K.,” the statement added.
Harry is currently working with the British Ministry of Defence’s Personnel Recovery Unit to ensure those who are injured or sick during their service have the best possible support to recover.
Harry will follow his time in Australia with a short tour to New Zealand on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.