Prince Harry has been talking longingly about how he misses flying.
The helicopter pilot has been doing a desk job in London this year, focused mainly on bringing his Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women to fruition.
But at a party on Friday marking the contribution of those who help to rehabilitate wounded warriors, he told guests he would like to return to flying one day.
Speaking of Harry’s reminiscences, Flt. Sgt. Lee Renard, a veteran of tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2006 and 2014, told reporters, “He said he enjoyed the flying and he missed it.”
Indeed, another veteran, Flt. Lt. Lance Levin, a Chinook helicopter pilot from 27 Squadron, RAF Odiham, said Harry mentioned he “would like to return at some point.”
Captain Harry Wales, as he is known in the army, was honored for being the best co-pilot gunner during training in 2012 and then flew Apache attack helicopters on a tour that ended after five months in January 2013. He also took part in a 10-week tour while serving as a second lieutenant in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry in 2008.
It was Harry, 30, and his brother, Prince William, 32, who came up with the idea to host a reception at the palace to honor the medical and civilian specialists who helped the servicemen and women. To top it off, Queen Elizabeth joined them to pay tribute.
Harry took his current desk job organizing special ceremonial events about a year ago in the run-up to the hugely successful Invictus Games. He is still focused on that, aides have said. A decision will be made about his future toward the end of his posting, which lasts another year or so.
Earlier in the day, Harry had seemed visibly moved as he stood to attention among the mini-crosses in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey. The royal family is leading Britain in various events to mark the dead and injured in conflicts – with this year being the poignant 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.