Viva Las Vegas! Prince Harry nicknamed Elvis by American troops in Afghanistan after infamous holiday antics
10:55 GMT, 9 November 2012
Prince Harry's antics over the summer may not have gone down well with the Royal family. But at least he has given troops in Afghanistan something to smile about.
U.S. marines have nicknamed the prince 'Elvis' according to the Daily Star in light of the infamous holiday he spent in Las Vegas with friends.
The American soldiers have likened him to the legendary singer by giving him the nickname following the scandal in which Prince Harry was pictured naked as he partied at the Wynn Encore
hotel earlier this year.
Prince becomes king: Harry has reportedly been given the nickname Elvis by troops in Afghanistan
The 28-year-old – officially known as Captain Harry Wales in the Army – has been deployed to Afghanistan where he has been undertaking operations as a co-pilot gunner.
He is likely to have been flying various types of missions, from
escorting RAF Chinook helicopters carrying servicemen or equipment to
targeting Taliban fighters who have attacked ground troops.
Doing his duty: The Americans are said to be impressed that the prince is completing missions in the war torn country and not just being a 'sit-at-home' soldier
The American soldiers he has been
working alongside are said to be impressed that he's been getting stuck
into duties in the war-torn country instead of being a 'sit-at-home soldier'.
A U.S. military source told the Daily
Star: 'Harry has become a real celebrity around the camp. At first the marines thought he would be a sit-at-home soldier, but were shocked when
he just kept on notching up the missions. He has been on some
hair-raising runs, but refuses to be treated any differently from the
rest of the lads.'
The source added that the marines would love Harry to live up to his rock and roll nickname again and party with them in Vegas.
Sin city: Troops have said they would love to take Prince Harry back to Vegas for another party – but the idea may not go down well in royal circles
'A lot of the boys are trying to get Harry to go on another trip to Vegas when their service is done,' they said.
This idea is unlikely to go down well with his father Prince Charles who was reported to have given his son a stern talk after his Vegas holiday became front page news. He was said to have been 'frustrated and concerned' about the prince being in the news for all the wrong reasons.
But now the Prince of Wales couldn't be more proud of his son as he serves his country.
During a visit to a Royal Australian Navy base on his tour of the country with his wife the Duchess of Cornwall yesterday, he spoke affectionately of Harry and told servicemen he had been phoning home regularly.