Young British royal Prince Harry ditched his pampered life for basic barracks at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy when he began his officer training on Sunday (08MAY05).

The 20-year-old joined 270 new recruits for a gruelling regime of early mornings, intense physical workouts, domestic chores and little social interaction.

For the first five weeks, Harry will be forbidden from wearing civilian clothes or stepping outside the barracks, so he will be separated from Zimbabwean girlfriend Chelsy Davy, who lives in South Africa.

Davy and Harry are planning to reunite in June (05), after his intense initial training.

As he entered Sandhurst, Harry enthused, "I am really excited. I want to get on with it and do the best job I can do."

09/05/2005 13:46