Prince Harry Arrives in Afghanistan for Secret Mission

His duties include flying Apache helicopter into combat with the Taliban.
3:00 | 09/07/12

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There was a surprise announcement today. Prince harry who has been making tab lid headlines, arrived in afghanistan. His fellow troops there will know him as captain harry wales. Abc's muhammad lila tells us about it from kabul. Reporter: The warrior prince arrived in afghanistan overnight. A mission so secret we couldn't report it until he'd already landed. He will be in a difficult and demanding job and I ask that he be left to get on with his duties. Reporter: His duties include flying a heavily armed apache helicopter into combat with the taliban. His presence here may be public but because of recent attacks -- where afghans turn their guns on coalition partners. Harry won't have contact with any afghan soldiers. And for the next four months, he'll live not as a prince with privilege, but on base in an ordinary shipping container he'll share with another soldier. Harry spent time training in california. He spoke to abc's bob woodruff about his desire to face combat. At the end of the day you're in a war zone and you're responsible to look after yourself, the guy to the left, and the guy to the right. And I think it's really that simple. Reporter: A responsibility shared by a long list of royal relatives who've served in the military. From brother williams to uncle andrew, who fought in the falklands wars. It's a world away from the spotlight harry's used to. It was just this week the prince made his first public appearance since celebrity website tmz posted racy photos of him at a wild, late-night party in vegas. Memories are short. He's harry the hero, not harry the playboy prince. Reporter: The prince who's been training for the role of hero all his life. Muhammad lila, abc news, kabul.

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