Prince Harry in the thick of battle against Taliban
Prince Harry is taking the fight to the Taliban, who have vowed to kill or capture him during his tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Prince Harry, a co-gunner in the Apache attack helicopter, is part of a four-man team that is on alert around the clock.
"Think World War Two Spitfire pilot and the Battle of Britain," the military source told the Sun. "He can be sat in a deckchair for hours then scrambled immediately.
Among his missions, he has destroyed enemy targets and provided cover for aircraft sent to rescue an wounded British soldier.
"He's in the thick of it and is one of the lads," said the source. "He's genuinely liked and respected by his comrades and if people think flying an Apache in a war zone is privileged child's play they're on another planet."
That point was driven home a few weeks ago when Harry's base, Camp Bastion, was hit by rockets that killed two American Marines.
On a lighter note, when his four-month deployment ends, Prince Harry can perhaps look forward to reuniting with Cressida Bonas. Radar Online is reporting that the two have been having "heart-to-heart" conversations lately via long-distance phone.
They appeared to have put their dating on hold after Harry's wild and naked Las Vegas weekend, but now the word is that the two are intent on patching up and carrying on with their relationship.
Queen Elizabeth sidelined with bad back
The Queen had a rare sick day on Friday, forcing her to skip an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.
The 86-year-old monarch has long suffered from back pain and it flared up recently, prompting aides to convince her that being on her feet for the ceremony where she would be handing out 90 honours was a bit too much to ask.
She had already skipped church on Sunday in Scotland, but did manage to preside over the unveiling of a Diamond Jubilee sculpture on Tuesday.
Prince Charles filled in for the Queen for the investiture ceremony.