Prince Harry has been fighting the Taleban on the front line in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
Harry, 23, who is third in line to the throne, has spent the last 10 weeks serving in Helmand Province.
"I finally get the chance to do the soldiering that I want to do," the prince said ahead of his deployment.
The deployment was subject to a news blackout deal, but broke down when leaked on US website the Drudge Report.
Chief of the General Staff Sir Richard Dannatt, who is head of the British Army, said he was disappointed the news had leaked.
In a statement, he said: "I am very disappointed that foreign websites have decided to run this story without consulting us.
"This is in stark contrast to the highly responsible attitude that the whole of the UK print and broadcast media, along with a small number overseas, who have entered into an understanding with us over the coverage of Prince Harry on operations.
In an interview in Helmand Province, Harry - a member of the Household Cavalry - talked about life as a soldier on the front line.
"I haven't really had a shower for four days, I haven't washed my clothes for a week.
"It's very nice to be sort of a normal person for once, I think it's about as normal as I'm going to get."
It comes after the prince's planned tour to Iraq last year had to be cancelled because of a security risk.
Speaking to the BBC ahead of the tour, Harry spoke of his relief over the deployment.
He said he felt: "a bit of excitement, a bit of phew, finally, [to] get the chance to actually do the soldiering that I wanted to do ever since I joined really."
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