Prince Harry to take Second Gap Year aged 30
After 10 years in the Armed Forces, Prince Harry has decided to leave the military this June. During his army career Harry served two tours in Afghanistan, and the fourth in line to the thrown said the decision had been ‘tough’ for him to make. To give himself time to figure out what he wants to do next, the Prince is planning his second gap year.
The Prince took his first gap year back in 2003 where he headed to Australia after finishing his A Levels, however this time Harry will be heading to Africa for the summer to do voluntary charity and conservation work, then heading home to work with injured service men and women.
Prince William took a similar break after leaving the RAF in 2013, and filled his ‘transitional year’ with an agricultural management course at Cambridge University.
A spokesman for the Royal Family confirmed Harry’s plans, and that he will continue to support the Royal Family and his duties whilst deciding what to do next.
Prince Harry’s decision proves that gap years can be very important at any stage of life. Many believe gap years are reserved for teens who need a year off before settling into life as an adult, however gap years serve a much wider purpose. A year away from home gives you the opportunity to gain some perspective on the world, to figure out who you are and what you want to do.
The type of clarity this insight offers can be priceless at any stage of your life, whether you’re right at the beginning of adulthood, or making a big life decision like a change of career.
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