updated 03/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 03/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Media outlets (including PEOPLE) had embargoed news of his deployment, until the Drudge Report leaked the story Feb. 28. Whisked back to England, Harry soon reunited with his Zimbabwe-bred girlfriend Chelsy Davy, 22. His hope: to get back on the front lines and fight again. "I would like to still be out there with the guys," he says. "This is about as normal as I'm ever going to get."